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Flu vaccination for frontline workers

Flu can be an unpleasant disease for healthy people, but for vulnerable people it can be fatal.


Cartoon flu bug

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 are eligible for a free flu vaccination.

We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to get your free flu jab.

This year there are several different ways that you can get your vaccination – dedicated clinics in council venues and at local pharmacies.

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.

So there’s no excuse not to fight flu from the front line this winter.

Eligible staff

Staff with the following job roles 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
  • day centre staff we manage
  • staff in special schools
  • home care staff
  • children's social workers and staff in children's residential homes
  • foster carers

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 two ways of getting it.

Pharmacies

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.

GPs

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

If you are eligible for a free vaccination for any of these reasons, and choose to take this up with your GP or local pharmacy, we would 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.

Flu symptoms

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but fairly short lived illness that includes symptoms such as:

  • a high temperature of 38C (100.4F) 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 them, as well as yourself and your family, by getting vaccinated.