Signposting - Health & wellbeing - Flu Jab Update - October 2021

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Flu Jab Update - October 2021

The Learning Disability and Autism Programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement want to support people with a learning disability and autistic people to improve access and uptake of flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Children and adults with learning disabilities are clearly identified as a clinically ‘at risk’ group, eligible for a free flu vaccine as part of the national flu vaccine programme. Carers (family member or support worker) are also eligible to help protect the people they look after.


Services are being advised that they should be making changes that help people with learning disabilities have a flu vaccination. These might be changes such as sending out an easy-read leaflet about why it is important to have a flu vaccination or perhaps offering a longer visit to someone who needs more time. All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care have a legal responsibility to follow the [Accessible Information Standard]. The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services. Click [HERE] to download an easy read guide: Going to my Flu Vaccination.

The NHS produced a [short film] in October 2020 about the importance of the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability and autistic people with certain health conditions. The film covers why it is important, who is eligible for a free vaccine, where you can get the vaccine and reasonable adjustments.

Don’t forget to read [previous information] the WPCC has promoted about the flu vaccine including how to find a local pharmacy offering the NHS flu vaccine.