The last year has been one like no other. All our colleagues across National Care Group have worked incredibly hard and have shown outstanding dedication in dealing with the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.
We are now heading towards a highly unpredictable winter.
With proactive measures in place such as mask-wearing, PPE and social distancing, flu levels were low last year and as a result, a lower level of immunity to the flu virus is expected this year. In addition, this is the first year that the flu virus will circulate alongside COVID-19.
With the increased likelihood that you could be exposed to both viruses, it is essential that all our colleagues are protected against flu as early as possible.
The flu vaccine will help prevent you from getting the flu. And even if you do get the flu after your vaccination it is likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would have been.
Getting the vaccine only takes a couple of minutes and is the best defence to stop the spread of flu.
Boost your immunity this winter and protect yourself, your family and the individuals we support.
Don’t delay making an appointment with your local pharmacy or NHS surgery and get your free vaccine now
Why is it so important that I receive my flu vaccine this year?
Flu vaccination is especially important this year as more people are likely to get flu this winter. This is because less people will have built up immunity to it this year due to measures put in place for COVID-19 (mask-wearing, physical and social distancing, restrictions on international travel).
This is also the first year that flu will co-circulate alongside COVID-19. Research has shown that if you catch both viruses at the same time you are at increased risk of getting seriously ill.
The best way to avoid catching and spreading the flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine will help prevent you from getting the flu and is your best protection against the virus. It will not stop all flu viruses but if you do get the 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.
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.
Can I have the flu vaccine if I’m pregnant?
Yes, all pregnant women are recommended to receive the flu vaccine. There is evidence that suggests pregnant women are at increased risk from complications if they contract flu, the flu vaccine is the best protection against this.
Do I still need to get my flu jab if I’ve had both of my COVID-19 vaccines?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine does not protect you from the flu, and vice versa. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both.
I’ve recently had COVID-19, can I still have my flu vaccine?
If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s still safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.
Contact us if you have any other questions
If you have any other questions or concerns about the flu vaccine please talk to your manager or email our help desk – email@example.com