People with a learning disability and their carers can have free flu vaccinations
The Carers Support Centre in Croydon have one drop in session in November for carers and also provide this advice:
Carers get flu jabs? Every winter, the NHS encourages people over 65 and those with certain health conditions, such as asthma, to get a flu jab. But what many people don’t realise is that carers can get a free flu jab too.
Why bother? As a carer, getting a flu jab may not be high on your priority list. But if you catch flu, you may be out of action for a while. You will probably struggle to carry on caring. And if you do try to carry on, you could pass on the virus to the person you care for, putting their health at risk.
How do I get my free jab? With the help of local pharmacists, we are offering free flu jabs for carers at the Carers Support Centre. Upcoming dates are:
Monday 18 November 11 am – 12 noon
Both sessions are drop-ins. Vaccinations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the flu jab, visit the NHS website.
I can’t make these drop-in dates: Don’t worry. If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you get Carer’s Allowance, you should be offered a free flu jab by your GP or pharmacy. If you haven’t been offered this, you can show them the Carers UK guidance. Some surgeries do flu jabs for carers and those they care for at the same time, so it is worth asking.
There are some Easy Read leaflets about flu that have been designed for people with a learning disability. Click on the buttons below to read or download the leaflets: