All Luton carers should have flu jab to help protect elderly, NHS says
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging all carers to have the flu jab to protect themselves and those in their care.
Luton CCG, and Bedfordshire CCG are highlighting the important work done by carers and the help that is available to them.
Registered carers are eligible for free flu vaccinations which are available from GP practices and local pharmacies.
The flu virus can be particularly dangerous for the elderly, long-term sick and other vulnerable groups and all carers should have the flu jab to protect themselves and those in their care.
Across Bedfordshire there are 40,000 carers providing unpaid support to family and friends who could not manage without their help, they make a huge contribution to improving the lives of older, disabled and chronically ill people, many of whom would otherwise need residential care.
Caring for a family member or close friend can be very rewarding, but the additional responsibility this involves can, over a period of time, also become physically and emotionally challenging.
Carers are being encouraged to take steps to maintain their own health and well-being and be aware of the support on offer.
It is important for carers to notify their GP that they have caring responsibilities, this informs the doctor of the extra pressure they could be under, and the GP can inform the appropriate services to ensure care for the person they look after continues should the carer fall ill.
Luton and Bedfordshire CCGs support two local agencies that provide assistance and advice for carers on many care-related issues including benefits and NHS grants, respite care, relieving stress and combating social isolation.
Carers Central is a registered charity based in Luton that provides support and advice to unpaid adult carers, helping them to live fulfilled lives, alongside their caring roles.
For more information about Carers Central, visit: www.carerscentral.org.uk.