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Care home staff with regular client contact are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine, this is generally given at their community pharmacy.

Domiciliary care workers are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine, this is generally given at their community pharmacy.

Healthcare workers should get their flu vaccine via their employer.

NHS Health and social care workers with direct patient/client contact are recommended to have annual vaccination to protect themselves and those in their care.

When you work in health or social care you have a responsibility to protect your patients/clients from infection. This includes vaccination against flu.

Vaccinating health and social care workers also helps reduce the level of sickness absences and contributes to keeping the NHS and social care services running. This is particularly important when responding to winter pressures.

Health care employers, including primary care contractors, should actively promote the positive benefits of flu vaccination to workers by giving staff balanced and factually correct information in a timely manner, and encouraging and supporting their eligible staff to get vaccinated.

Healthcare colleagues in Wales are advised to visit the Public Health Wales Immunisation and Vaccination Intranet site (NHS Wales network connection required).