NHS is encouraging anyone with a learning disability to get their free flu vaccination and annual health check to help stay well this winter. Carers of anyone with a learning disability are also entitled to the free vaccination.

This video from Misfits Theatre Company urges people with learning disabilities and their carers to let nothing stop you.

 

People who have a learning disability can be more susceptible to the effects of flu and are therefore at increased risk of developing complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia.  

The vaccine offers the best level of protection from the flu virus. It is important to have the vaccine every year, especially as the flu virus strain changes every year. 

Anyone who is defined as being in an ‘at risk’ group should contact their surgery and arrange an appointment to have the vaccine.

Having the vaccine sooner provides you with protection over a longer period of time. It also helps reduce the chances of spreading the virus to family and friends. 

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 Learning Disability Register to access the very best care.  

Oxford Health has compiled easy read flu resources which you can access at: 

Learning Disability Service: Useful stuff

This page also has easy read COVID-19 resources.