NHS England is running a campaign to encourage uptake of flu vaccinations among one of the most at risk groups – people with learning disabilities and their carers.
Children and adults with learning disabilities are clearly identified as a clinically ‘at risk’ group, eligible for a free flu jab as part of the national
flu immunisation programme. Carers can also receive a free flu jab to help protect the people they look after – this includes both support workers and family members.
People with learning disabilities have poorer physical and mental health compared to others, and a lower life expectancy. Notably sepsis
and pneumonia are major causes of preventable death, and people with a learning disability are particularly vulnerable. The latest Learning Disability Mortality review (LeDeR) found the top three causes of death to be pneumonia (25%), aspiration pneumonia (16%) and sepsis (7%).
Please ensure that any people you work with who have learning disabilities, or who care for people with learning disabilities, area ware of their eligibility.
For people with learning disabilities:
- Do not wait. Get the flu jab as soon you can to stay well.
- See your doctor, nurse or a pharmacist about getting your free flu jab.
- The flu jab is free because you need it. If you do not have the flu jab you could get very ill and have to go to hospital.
- The flu jab is an injection in your arm. Do not let this stop you. The doctor, nurse, pharmacist, your carers or a friend will look after you.
- The flu jab is quick and can protect you from getting very ill.
- Scared of needles? Ask your doctor or the pharmacist about the nasal vaccine.
For carers (family members and support workers) of people with learning disabilities:
- Care for someone with a learning disability? Get the flu jab so you do not get ill or pass the virus on.
- Carers can have a free flu jab. Protect the person you care for and book your flu jab today.
- Care for someone with a learning disability? You, and they, can have a free flu jab. Contact your Doctor or a pharmacist today and stay well this winter.
- Does your loved one have a learning disability? They can have a free flu vaccination. Check if you qualify for a free flu vaccination too as it will help keep you and them well this winter.
You can find Easy Read and accessible resources here:
- NHS England awareness video
- Protect yourself from flu leaflet
- ‘All about flu and how to stop getting it’ leaflet
- Childhood nasal flu leaflet
- Audio version of the campaign leaflet
- E version of the campaign leaflet (professional print ready and web accessible)
- British sign language leaflet
- Poster for care providers