Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
People with a Learning Disability may be at greater risk of developing more serious illnesses
07 November 2017

People who have a learning disability can be more susceptible to the effects of flu and are therefore at increased risk of developing complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

Anyone with a learning disability is entitled to receive a free vaccination.  Carers of anyone with a learning disability are also entitled to the free vaccination.  The vaccine offers the best level of protection from the flu virus, and it’s important to have the vaccine every year, especially as the flu virus strain changes every year.

Now is the time that GP practices are carrying out vaccinations for those at risk and inviting them in to be vaccinated. Anyone who is defined as being in an ‘at risk’ group should contact their surgery and arrange an appointment to have the vaccine.

Having the vaccine sooner provides the individual with protection over a longer period of time; it also helps reduce the chances of spreading the virus to family and friends.