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a flu vaccination imageOctober 24 2017

Pharmacy teams should remember to include carers aged over 18 in the seasonal flu vaccination campaign, PSNC has advised.

Recognising that carers may be hard to identify, PSNC has issued guidance on who carers are, why it is important they are vaccinated, how to discuss the vaccination with carers, and available resources to promote the vaccination campaign.

PSNC points out that carers are people who provide “unpaid care for a family member, partner or friend who cannot cope without their support due to an illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.” This is different to a care worker or care assistant who will be paid for looking after someone.

Adult carers are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination under the national Flu Vaccination service. Last year, only 41.9% of adult carers identified as eligible for the service were vaccinated.

“It is really important for carers to get vaccinated as if they were to catch flu and become ill the welfare of the person they care for could be at risk. By being vaccinated, the carer will also be less likely to pass on the flu virus to the person they care for which reduces the chance of the person they care for getting flu and potentially becoming seriously ill,” says PSNC.

Available resources include a poster specifically aimed at carers, an infographic to encourage pharmacy staff to ‘think carer’, and a document on the ‘60-second pharmacy flu chat’. This suggests how to engage someone a member of the pharmacy team may think might be a carer in a quick conversation about why they should consider getting vaccinated.

PSNC has worked with the Carers Trust to develop the advice, and has put a 10-point guide on its website describing signs that suggest a customer may be a carer.

Links:
PSNC announcement      
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of flu vaccination promotion campaign      

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