Many patients who rely on unpaid carers would be unable to cope alone if their carer caught the flu. Also, carers who are not vaccinated risk passing the virus on to the people they care for - which could make them seriously ill.
Although carers are entitled to a free flu vaccination from their GP surgery (and may have already had one due to being in an ‘at risk’ group), many carers are not aware of this or even realise they are a carer.
We have launched new resources that you can promote within your organisation to raise awareness of the flu vaccination to carers.
New 2015/16 resource
Due to our continuing partnership with the Carers Trust, we've produced a new resource for the 2015/16 flu season. The flyer is intended to be given to carers by frontline staff and is available to download without hyper-links and with hyper-links.
A quick and easy way to help carers during the flu campaign
By giving this document which contains a script and FAQs to your staff, it will help them to have a conversation with carers about the flu vaccination.
The Queen's Nursing Institute supporting carers resource
This learning resource is designed by the Queen's Nursing Institute to support community nurses in their interactions with carers to help them in providing care and to achieve better health and wellbeing. It is accessible to all those providing nursing care in community settings, and will be of particular use to nurses wishing to maintain up-to-date skills, new members of community teams, those following a preceptorship programme and those developing the role of carer’s champions in community teams. This resource can help you think about how to support and encourage carers to have the flu vaccination. Please note that whilst this resource is free to use, you will need to register to access it.
This is a pilot project for flu fighter and the Carers Trust. We want to hear your feedback so contact us with how you have used these materials in your organisation.