People who have a learning disability may be at higher risk of developing more serious illnesses if they catch flu. That’s why it’s important they have their free flu vaccination.
Anyone with a learning disability is encouraged to get their free vaccination and annual health check to help stay well this winter.
Carers of those with a learning disability are also entitled to the free flu vaccination. All carers (family member or support worker) are urged to ensure they are registered at their local GP practice as a carer of someone with a learning disability.
Individuals should also be on their GP’s Learning Disability Register to access the very best care. Now is the time that GP practices and community pharmacies are carrying out vaccinations for those at risk.
The vaccine offers the best level of protection from the flu virus, and it’s especially important to have the vaccine this year as flu and Covid 19 will be circulating at the same time.
Anyone who is defined as being in an ‘at risk’ group should contact their surgery or local pharmacist and arrange an appointment to have the vaccine. Having the vaccine not only protects individuals from developing the illness, it also helps reduce the chances of spreading the virus to family and friends.
Free flu vaccinations are offered to:-
- Two and three year old children and under-16s in ‘at risk’ groups.
- All primary school children, as well as Year 7 high school pupils.
- Residents aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Residents with long-term medical conditions along with people living in the same household
- People living in long stay residential care homes
- People who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance
- Residents who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- Carers directly employed by families using Direct Payments
- Those aged 50-64 later in the flu season, depending on availability
For more information about flu visit the NHS choices website
You can find Easy Read flu vaccination materials on the government website.