Flu season comes around year after year, so protect yourself and your family with the flu vaccination service, available at our local Superdrug pharmacies. Eligible customers may have a flu vaccination for free through our NHS funded service at any Superdrug Pharmacy in England and Wales.
To protect your workforce this flu season, you can arrange flu vaccinations for members of your organisation too. Please visit Corporate Healthcare by Superdrug for more information.
For young children please call to check availability with your local pharmacy first.
About the vaccine
If you qualify for an NHS flu jab then you can also visit your local Superdrug Pharmacy for your vaccination.
- When to get vaccinated: You can be vaccinated at any time during the flu season, which runs from September until March. It can take up to 14 days for your immunity to develop after getting the flu jab, so we advise you get vaccinated early in the season to minimise your chance of catching it before you develop immunity.
- Course: One dose (children under 9 years old, who have not previously been vaccinated against influenza, will require a second booster dose which can’t be earlier than 4 weeks after the first dose).
- Boosters: The flu jab is developed to protect against current common strains of the flu every year. You can have a flu jab every year.
- How it is given: The flu jab is given as an injection in the upper arm, and protects against the most common strains of the virus.
- Side effects: The flu jab can cause side effects, such as mild flu symptoms, but it is an inactive vaccine so can not cause flu itself. The injection can cause redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site.
- Children: The flu jab is suitable for children over the age of six months. For young children please call to check availability with your local pharmacy first.
|Per Dose||Free or from £12.99|
|Doses per course||1 (some children under 9 may require 2 doses)|
|Price per course||Free - £25.98|
How can I get the flu jab?
Swing by a pharmacy – if you want to get the flu jab, please visit your local Superdrug Pharmacy.
Which jab do we offer? – Superdrug offers the quadrivalent flu jab, which protects against four of the most common strains of flu for this season, and is available nationwide at our Superdrug pharmacies.
You might be able to get your jab for free – we also offer free flu jabs funded by the NHS in many of our pharmacies. Please check with your local Superdrug pharmacy to find out more. You may be eligible if any of the following apply to you:
- Are diabetic
- Have heart or lung problems (e.g. some asthmatics)
- Have liver or kidney problems
- Are Immunosuppressed (or looking after someone who is immunosuppressed)
- Are aged 2 to 11 years old (on August 31st 2020)
- Are aged over 65 or will be aged 65 years by 31st March 2020
- Belong to another clinical risk groups e.g. individuals who suffer from a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, care home residents, patients with a BMI > 40 etc.
- Are pregnant or become pregnant during the flu season
Where else can you get the flu jab? – you can also get the jab from one of the following places:
- Your GP surgery
- A local midwifery service (if you’re pregnant)
Getting a chickenpox vaccine too? – The chickenpox vaccine does not interfere with the flu vaccine so you can have these at the same time or at any time interval.
Why get the flu jab?
The flu jab helps prevent you getting the flu and having to experience symptoms or take time to recover – the flu jab reduces your risk of getting the flu. Although the flu jab does not prevent 100% of all flu cases, 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.
Getting the flu can be dangerous for some people – although it’s a common viral infection, the flu can cause serious complications in children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. For these groups, the flu jab offers protection not only from the flu but helps to reduce the risk of more serious illness and the secondary complications of flu, like pneumonia.
What happens when you do get the flu? – the flu is a common viral infection which spreads by little droplets, usually by coughs and sneezes. It is particularly common during the winter months and causes unpleasant symptoms, like fever/chills, tiredness and muscle aches 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, elderly patients, young children and people with an impaired immune system.
What happens if I get the flu jab?
You won’t get the flu itself, but you can get some of the symptoms – the flu jab is not a live vaccine, which means you cannot get the flu from the flu jab. However, the flu jab may cause flu-like symptoms as a side effect. The side effects of the flu jab 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. Your nurse or pharmacist will also give more information about potential side effects.
Some people can have an allergic reaction, but this is rare – a small number of people can have an allergic reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). The medical staff giving you your vaccine will be trained to respond to this situation in the unlikely event it happens to you. If you’ve had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine before you should avoid another vaccination. The vaccine we use is safe for those with egg allergy except if this is very severe, such as an anaphylactic reaction that needed intensive care – talk to your nurse or pharmacist for more information.
When will it start working? – it can take up to 14 days for your immunity to develop after getting the flu jab. This is why it’s always best to get vaccinated early in the season to minimise your chance of catching it before you develop immunity.
How often do you need to get the flu jab?
You need to get vaccinated every year in order to stay protected – the flu virus is constantly changing and a new vaccine is formulated every year to remain effective against the most common strains of the flu going around.
When should I start thinking about getting the jab? – the best time to get the vaccine is the beginning of the flu season, but you can also get it later in winter.
Should I get the jab if I’ve already had the flu this year? – yes. There is more than 1 strain of flu virus in circulation every year and can still reduce your chance of getting other strains even if you’ve already gotten over 1 infection.
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.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Stomach pain and digestive problems such as diarrhoea
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
How long do symptoms normally last? – 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. If you’re worried your symptoms are severe or not improving, seek medical advice.
Is it flu symptoms or a cold? – 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. For further information on identifying your symptoms, read our guide on how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu.