Public Health England are working to promote the message that people with a learning disability and those who care for them should have flu vaccination this winter. Importantly, paid carers who are employed by a registered care provider are eligible for a free flu vaccination this year, as well as primary family carers. If carers have the vaccination this improves protection for the people they care for. An easy read information sheet(aimed at people with learning disabilities and their carers) has been developed with the National Development Team for Inclusion explaining this. We hope this will give people the information they need to get their vaccination at either their GP surgery or pharmacy, and overcome any barriers to that happening. It is not yet well known enough that this group, and their carers, are eligible.
We have also published guidance about flu vaccinations for people with learning disabilities, aimed largely at health and social care professionals.
The recording of the webinar we recently held about flu immunisations and people with learning disabilities is now available here.