Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness and symptoms frequently include headache, fever, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints.
A Flu vaccination provides effective protection against flu. If you are elderly, have a medical condition or a weak immune system then flu can develop life-threatening complications, like pneumonia or a chest infection. The service is available at all our pharmacies.
To make an appointment please contact our pharmacies directly. Click Branches in the menu above.
If you are not eligible for a free NHS Flu Vaccination, our pharmacies also offer a private service costing £12.99.
Our Pharmacists have organised specific times to administer the flu vaccination safely for our customers and staff. Click here to see your local branch times. Booking is essential.
The pharmacist will be wearing PPE and cleaning in between patients.
We have introduced new safety measures, such as one-way systems and limiting the number of people in-store, so please follow any signage or guidance from our staff.Extra cleaning routines are in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Please remember to arrive promptly, no longer than 5 minutes before your appointed time. You will need to bring any necessary completed paperwork with you, downloadable here and will need to wear a facial covering and a suitable short sleeved top.
If you have any concerns, please contact your local branch.
Am I eligible for the FREE NHS Flu Vaccination Service?
Click on this link to see the groups eligible for this service. Please note that for all people aged 50-64 years of age, who do not fall within another eligible group, will be offered the service once 75% of over 65 and at risk health groups has been met. An announcement will be made later in the flu season. However our Private Service is available now.
Will the flu jab cause flu?
No. The flu vaccine does not contain a live virus so it is impossible for you to catch flu from the vaccine.
Will I feel unwell after my flu jab?
Most people have no reaction at all to the vaccine. However, some people experience a mild fever and slight muscle ache for a day or so. This can be treated with simple analgesia to help sooth this.
Does the flu protect against colds?
No. The viruses that cause colds are different to the ones that cause flu – there is no vaccine available to prevent colds. Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent catching a cold.
How long will a flu jab last?
A flu jab will last approximately 9 months. You need to have a jab every year to make sure you are protected against the circulating flu viruses, which change each year.
Can I have a flu jab at your pharmacy is I am under 18 years old?
We can only provide jabs for people who are 18 years and over. I you are under 18 please speak to your GP Surgery.
Can I get a flu jab from my GP?
The NHS will provide free flu jabs to patients within certain ‘at risk’ categories e.g over 65’s, chronic heart/lung etc. Please ask at your GP Surgery for more information.