Several studies, including numbers emerging from the current Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme, have shown that respiratory problems are a major cause of death of people with learning disabilities.
People with learning disabilities are eligible for a free flu vaccine. They are less likely to get the flu if the people around them have also been vaccinated. Both family carers and health and social care workers are also eligible for a free flu vaccination.
You can get your free flu vaccine at your GP surgery or pharmacy. As a health and social care worker, to prove that you are eligible you will need to take identification with you that shows your name and the name of your employing organisation. This could be an ID card or badge, a letter from your employer, or a recent payslip.
You can find the latest guidance about flu vaccinations and people with learning disabilities here: