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Carers Rights Day: Looking after someone who could not manage without your help?

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Carers Rights Day – Friday 24 November 2017:  Looking after someone who could not manage without your help?

Ask about a free flu vaccination today.  

Health organisations across Shropshire are urging those who care for an older person, or person with disabilities, to stay well this winter, and protect themselves and the person they care for against flu by asking their GP or pharmacist about the free vaccine.

Nurse photo - re flu jab campaign

Stay well this winter

Flu can be far more serious for the person you care for than you think. It can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and could even land them in hospital. The flu jab is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.

Many pharmacies across Shropshire offer the free flu vaccination, and the list can be found by clicking here .

Dr Irfan Ghani, Shropshire Council’s public health consultant, said:

“Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications, particularly for those who are older or with disabilities. I would urge all carers to speak to their GP or pharmacist about the free flu jab and protect themselves, as well as the person they care for.”

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, and chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-Being Board, added:

“If you are caring for someone, falling ill can become a worry. I would like to encourage all carers to ask their GP or pharmacist about the free flu vaccination to help keep themselves well, as well as the person you are caring for.”

For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/.

For more information and support about caring please visit https://www.shropshirechoices.org.uk/icareforsomeone/