Free flu vaccines for frontline staff
This year is anything but a typical year for the flu. Our Support Workers and Shared Lives carers spend so much time caring for others, it's easy for them to overlook caring for themselves. However, getting the flu jab helps to protect us and those close to us. Flu can be deadly and is easily spread.
All of our frontline staff have access to free flu vaccinations to help reduce the risk of spreading the flu. The immunisation can reduce the rates of illness meaning that our staff can be there for our customers, when and where they need us.
If you're an Avalon Support Worker or Shared Lives carer, you can get your free flu jab by contacting your GP surgery or participating local pharmacy. Simply say you work for a CQC registered social care charity.
If you have any trouble at all arranging the vaccination, please get in touch with your local office and they'll be happy to help you out.
When you're done, you can don your 'I've had my flu jab' sticker with pride.
Why should Health and social care workers be vaccinated against flu?
- Having the flu vaccine protects you, your family and the people you care for from flu. On average over 11,000 people die each year from flu. Some years it’s much more and many more are hospitalised each year.
- Vaccination means less staff sickness from flu, helping the NHS and social care to keep running effectively during a flu outbreak when services are particularly busy.
- You can give flu to your family and those you care for even if you don’t have any symptoms. Staff who aren’t vaccinated may unknowingly pass on flu to those who are at increased risk from the virus.
- Those you support feel safer and are more likely to get vaccinated when they know the people who care for them are vaccinated.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu and is your best protection against the virus. It will not stop all flu viruses but if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
How long does the flu vaccine take to become effective?
It takes between 10 and 14 days for your immune system to respond fully after you’ve had the flu jab.
Can the flu vaccine cause flu?
No. The injectable vaccine does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot cause flu. You may get a slight temperature, and your arm may feel a bit sore where you had the injection. Other reactions are rare.
I had the flu vaccination last year. Do I need to have it again?
Yes. The viruses that cause flu can change every year, which means the flu (and the vaccine) this year may be different from last year.
Why is it particularly important to get the flu vaccine this year?
With COVID-19 in circulation it’s especially important to get the flu vaccine this year. The flu jab won’t protect you against coronavirus, but it will help stop you spreading flu to the people you support, many of whom are vulnerable to both.