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Free flu vaccine available for all registered carers

05 December 2019


Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging all carers in the area to get their free flu vaccine this winter.

Carers who vaccinate against the virus reduce the threat towards themselves, their family and friends and those they support, who may be at an increased risk. In high-risk groups, such as the elderly and those with disabilities, flu can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

It is vital carers get their flu vaccine every year to protect against new strains of the virus. 

It is also important that the person who is being cared for gets their flu jab, to help them stay well this winter.

Many GP surgeries in Bedfordshire and Luton have already held flu clinics, if you are a registered carer and have yet to receive your flu jab, ask at your GP surgery.

To find out more about the flu vaccine, please visit this link: www.nhs.uk/staywell 

ENDS

For more information contact 01525 624440

bedsccg.communications@nhs.net 

Notes to editors

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 47 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire.

·         Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 27 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

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