Headline
Protect yourself against flu this winter
Date
Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Description

The public health team is encouraging employees to have their flu jab to help keep influenza at bay this winter and to prevent sickness within the workforce.

Am I eligble?

Some people are eligible for the flu vaccination on the NHS, which includes the following:

  • care home and domiciliary care staff
  • pregnant women
  • anyone 65 years and over
  • under 65 years in clinical risk groups:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease e.g. severe asthma, COPD, bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, e.g. Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • weakened immune system due to disease/treatment (e.g. cancer, HIV/AIDS)
  • BMI of 40 and above.

Staff members with NHS eligibility are encouraged to ensure they access the free NHS flu jab as soon as they can either from their GP or local Pharmacy.

For staff who don’t have NHS eligibility, the council is operating a voucher scheme to access the flu jab from participating pharmacies.

Each service area has an allocated flu champion who will be leading the request to ask staff if they would like a flu voucher. For staff deciding to take up this offer, there are some answers below about the scheme.

FAQs

  • check the chosen pharmacy is participating at: https://www.fluvouchers.co.uk/redeem/
  • check with the chosen pharmacy in person or by phone whether it is fine to drop in or if an appointment needs to be made. Vaccinations are available now
  • vouchers should be redeemed as soon as possible and at the latest by 31 December 2019
  • vouchers are funded in advance at a cost of £8.95 per person, paid for by the council. If they are not used the money cannot be refunded to the council
  • where there are concerns about allergies in relation to the vaccine, a voucher can be provided but advice should be taken from the pharmacist.

For more information, contact Janet.smith@eastriding.gov.uk

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