Take control of your health this winter
2020 has been an unprecedented year so far. Now more than ever people are concerned about looking after their health and wellbeing.
At Bupa we want to ensure our people have access to health and wellbeing support that really helps. That's why each year we give everyone the opportunity to receive a free flu vaccination.
By getting a flu vaccination not only do you protect yourself but others around you including your family.
About the flu vaccination
The flu vaccine stimulates your body's immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus.
Antibodies are proteins that recognise and fight off germs, such as viruses, that have invaded your blood.
If you're exposed to the flu virus after you have had the flu vaccine, your immune system will recognise the virus and immediately produce antibodies to fight it. It may take 10 to 14 days for your immunity to build up fully after you have had the flu vaccine.
You need to have a flu vaccination every year as the antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains can also change from year to year.
If you'd like to know more about how the flu vaccine can protect you, read more here or if you want to talk to someone about whether a flu vaccination is right for you then please call the free Bupa Anytime Healthline on 0345 600 2007, option 5.
How to receive your free flu vaccination
Important update: changes due to Covid-19
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 we must ensure that we provide a safe and secure service. We have therefore made the decision, and based on your feedback, not to have any onsite clinics this year. But that doesn't mean we're not providing you with the opportunity to get a free flu vaccination. This season we will be providing Bupa vouchers for you to redeem at a participating pharmacy.
You'll be able to get these from 5 October – 30 November.
Bupa flu vouchers
You will be able to order your flu vouchers online shortly. This page will be updated when it becomes available.
It's important to understand that:
- Vouchers need to be ordered before the end of November.
- Only one voucher can be ordered per employee.
- Please only order one if you're definitely planning to get a flu jab.
- Vouchers are non-refundable so please make sure you redeem them.
For people working in our Care Homes, we're running the vaccinations through the NHS England National Flu Programme as we did last year. We'll share details of how to get your flu vaccination through Care Services communication channels.
For people working in Dental ROI, flu vouchers will be sent to practices. You will also be able to claim your flu vaccination back via expenses if you are not sent a voucher.
For people working at The Cromwell you can receive your flu vaccinations onsite at the hospital. You will also have the opportunity to get a Bupa voucher.
Other ways to get a free flu vaccination
Did you know that if you are in one of the groups listed below you can access a free flu vaccination on the NHS at your GP Surgery;
- People who are required to shield from coronavirus and anyone they live with
- People with some medical conditions including diabetes, heart failure and asthma
- Pre-school children over the age of two
- Pregnant women
- All primary school children, as last year, and, for the first time Year 7 pupils
- Initially all people over 65, before the programme is extended to those over-50s
The NHS will get in contact with all those who are eligible.