You don't always know you have the flu virus, and you can pass it on without knowing, even to the people you live with. That's why we all need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the illness.
If you're one of our employees who works directly with older people, disabled children and other vulnerable groups then you're eligible for a free flu vaccination.
We've made it as easy as possible for you to get your free flu jab, as this year it is particularly important to get you flu jab to protect you and your family from flu.
If you're reluctant to get the jab because of things you've heard, then we bust a few of the most common flu myths. This short video also explains why it's so important to get your flu vaccination.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to take action and get your jab to protect you, your family, your colleagues and those you care for from flu.
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Staff with the following job roles and areas of work are currently eligible to receive free flu vaccinations:
- all care home staff in our residential care homes
- adult care social workers and community care workers
- our day centre staff
- staff in special schools
- children directorate staff
- foster carers
- Live Life Better Derbyshire staff
- public health staff
- emergency planning staff
This is not an exhaustive list. A decision to offer the seasonal flu vaccination to staff will be based on local assessment of likely risk and exposure to flu, including risk to vulnerable service users.
Your manager can advise you whether you're eligible to receive the free vaccination or not.
Getting your free flu vaccination
If you're one of our employees who has been identified as being eligible to receive a free flu vaccination then you now have several ways of getting it.
If you work in a Derbyshire County Council residential home for older people there will be a clinic on site.
We'll be holding on-site clinics at special schools across Derbyshire.
We'll be holding a clinic at County Offices in Matlock which you will need to make an appointment to go to.
This year we're working with local pharmacies to offer free flu vaccinations. You'll need to bring your Derbyshire County Council ID badge with you in order to get the free jab.
To find pharmacies that are taking part in the scheme please see the 'Accredited pharmacies for flu vaccine' document attached to this page.
Please be aware that you may need to make an appointment at some pharmacies this year to enable social distancing. Please phone your local pharmacy to check.
You may also be eligible to receive a free flu vaccination if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions including asthma, a weakened immune system, bronchitis and chronic liver disease
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- live with someone who is on the shielded list or you expect to be with them most days over winter
- later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to 50 to 64-year-olds - more information will be available later in the autumn
If you're eligible for a free vaccination for any of these reasons, and choose to take this up with your GP or local pharmacy, we'd be grateful if you could let your manager know that you have been vaccinated.
This will help us to keep accurate records of the number of staff vaccinated.
For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but fairly short lived illness that includes symptoms such as:
- a high temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or above
- tiredness and weakness
- a headache
- general aches and pains
- a dry, chesty cough
For healthy people, recovery generally takes up to a week.
However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with a health condition are at particular risk from the more serious effects of flu.
The impact of flu on frail and vulnerable people can be very serious and in some cases even fatal.
That's why it's so important that you, as a frontline worker, do all you can to protect you, your family and those you care for, and get you free flu jab.