About the vaccine
- When to get vaccinated: The best time to get vaccinated is September - November.
- Course: One dose.
- Boosters: The flu vaccine is developed to protect against currently common strains of the flu every year. You need a flu vaccine every year.
- How it is given: There are two different flu vaccines, one is an injection and the other is a nasal spray. Our team will let you know which is suitable for you.
- Side effects: The flu jab can cause side effects, such as mild flu symptoms. The injection can cause redness at the injection site.
- Children: The flu vaccine is suitable for children over the age of five.
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We offer free flu vaccinations funded by the NHS.
You may be eligible if any of the following apply to you:
- You're over 65
- You're pregnant
- You have asthma or lung disease
- You're diabetic
- You have a chronic kidney or liver condition
- You've had a stroke
- You have an illness
If you're not eligible for a free flu vaccination you can get vaccinated for £9.99.
We offer two different flu vaccinations. One is given as a nasal spray, the other is given as an injection. Our pharmacy team will advise you on which vaccine is best for you.
The flu vaccine provides protection from the common flu. It greatly reduces your risk of getting the flu, a common viral infection which can cause serious complications in children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. Although the flu vaccine does not prevent 100% of all flu cases, it significantly reduces the severity and symptoms of the flu, should you catch it despite having been vaccinated.
Why get vaccinated?
The flu is a common viral infection. It is an airborne virus that spreads by little droplets, usually by coughs and sneezes. It is particularly common during the winter months and causes unpleasant symptoms, which can last for days. Although the symptoms tend to clear within a week in people who are otherwise healthy, it can cause serious complications in pregnant women, patients over the age of 65, children and people with an impaired immune system.
For these groups, the flu vaccine offers protection not only from the flu but also potentially dangerous complications such as pneumonia or respiratory disease.
The flu vaccine is proven to reduce your risk of catching the flu. People who have been vaccinated and who catch a strain of the flu they are vaccinated against tend to have less severe symptoms which usually improve within a shorter period of time.
How often do you need to get vaccinated?
You need to get vaccinated every year in order to stay protected. The flu virus is constantly changing and the vaccine is formulated every year to remain effective against the most common strands of the flu.
The best time to get the vaccine is in October or November, before the beginning of the flu season, but you can also get it later in winter.
Which types of flu vaccine are there?
There are two different types of flu vaccine. One is given as a nasal spray, the other is given by injection. The nasal spray vaccine is often given to children and it is also suitable for adults who do not wish to have an injection.
Which side effects does the flu vaccine cause?
The side effects of the flu vaccine tend to be mild and they usually pass within days. If you get an injection, the injection site may be red and sore for a few days after you have received your vaccine.
Regardless of whether you get the injection or the nasal spray you may experience mild flu symptoms in the days following your vaccination.
Which symptoms does the flu cause?
The flu can cause a range of symptoms. The symptoms can be mild or severe and they usually improve within a week.
Possible symptoms of the flu include:
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
- stomach pain and digestive problems such as diarrhoea
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
Although the symptoms tend to improve significantly within seven days, you may find that you feel tired for a while after an episode of the flu.
The flu is often confused with the common cold, which can cause very similar symptoms. When you have a cold, your symptoms tend to be milder and they usually come on gradually.
Book an appointment
Call our booking line to make an appointment. Our lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat until 5pm.
During your appointment the nurse or pharmacist will assess whether the vaccine or treatment is right for you.
Get your treatment
Once our health advisor has assessed your needs, you'll receive your vaccination or treatment straight away.