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Carers eligible for free flu vaccine

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All children and adults with learning disabilities and their family members or paid supporters are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine. 

Preventing flu is particularly important for people with learning disabilities. It can lead to pneumonia and sepsis, which many people with a learning disability are much more vulnerable to than the general population. 

People with learning disabilities are less likely to get the flu if people around them have also been vaccinated. Family carers can get the flu vaccination for free if they’re the main carer, as can support workers. 

Flu jabs are available from your pharmacist or GP. Mencap has some helpful information on their website, and there’s a link to this NHS video.