Why should I get a flu jab?
Flu is a contagious viral disease that can spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching contaminated surfaces or people.
Stay healthy and protect your friends, family, and work colleagues by getting vaccinated.
Last year, community pharmacies administered over 1 million flu jabs in the UK. One of our pharmacists will carry out a consultation to ensure that the flu jab is safe and appropriate for you. You may ask any questions that you might have about flu vaccinations during this consultation.
How does the Flu Vaccination work?
1. Check if you need to pay for the flu vaccination
Please note that patients must be at least 18 years old to be vaccinated at the pharmacy.
Feel free to talk to us if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible.
Check the lists below to find out if you are eligible for a free NHS influenza vaccination.
- You will be 65 years old or over by the 31st of March 2022
- You will be 50 years old or over by the 31st of March 2022
- Chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease e.g., Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or learning disability
- Immunosuppression, a weakened immune system due to disease e.g., HIV or treatment e.g., cancer
- Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
- Morbid obesity (BMI ≥40kg/m2)
- Pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Frontline health and social care workers
- Hospice workers
- Workers employed through Direct Payments and/or Personal Health Budgets to deliver domiciliary care
If you don’t fit into any of the lists above and are 18 or older, you can still get vaccinated against the flu.
We offer a private flu vaccination service for just £15.
2. Fill in the registration form
Whether you are eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine or want to book a private one, please fill in the form below to book yours today.
The ongoing Coronavirus situation means changes to the way we provide our vaccination service this year:
- We will be operating clinics with fixed appointment times. The dates of these clinics will be announced when we receive confirmation of the delivery dates of our vaccines. We can accommodate walk-in requests but depending on the pharmacist’s workload, there may be a wait for you to receive your vaccination.
- A mask or face covering will be mandatory to receive vaccination. It is still a requirement to wear a face covering at all sites providing NHS services after 19thJuly 2021, unless exempt.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re entitled to a free NHS vaccination, you won’t have to pay. Otherwise, the flu vaccine will cost £15.
You’ll need to be at least 16 years old for a private flu vaccination at our pharmacy, or at least 18 years old for a vaccination funded by the NHS (if you’re eligible).
There are some conditions that may mean you can’t be vaccinated. We’ll ask you some questions before the jab to make sure it’s suitable for you.
Yes, you’ll need to book your flu vaccination in advance. After reserving your vaccine on our site, and once your dose has been allocated, you will receive an email to book your slot.
The vaccination only takes about 5 minutes.
You can book your vaccination with us at any time from September to March. It’s best to get vaccinated early, so you’re already immune by the time the winter flu really starts spreading, but it’s never too late to benefit from the flu jab. Whenever you find the time to come in, VSM will get you sorted.
There are two flu vaccines recommended by the NHS right now, and the vaccine you get will depend on your age. The Fluad vaccine has been found to be more effective in people aged 65 and over. If you’re under 65, you’ll have the quadrivalent vaccine instead.
The vaccine needs some time to work. After your vaccination, it can take up to 3 weeks for immunity to build up.
Yes; you should get vaccinated against the flu every year. The virus changes over time, so your vaccination from last year won’t protect you against the version going around this year. We know getting vaccinated isn’t anyone’s favourite activity, but it’s better than flu.
Don’t worry; the vaccine can’t cause flu. Millions of people are safely vaccinated against the flu every year across the UK. Some people might experience very mild flulike symptoms for the first day after vaccination, but you won’t get flu from being vaccinated.
You might experience mild muscle aches, a slight temperature or slight soreness around the injection spot after your vaccination. These side effects are usually very mild and shouldn’t last much more than a day.
It may be possible to ease the side effects of the vaccine with an appropriate painkiller. Feel free to ask us about this.
It’s very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, but we’re trained to recognise and react if someone does.
If you’re not well, let us know. You might still be able to have your vaccination if you only have a mild illness, but in some cases we’ll need to delay your appointment. Plus, of course, we might be able to help with whatever you currently have!
Your GP will need to know you’ve been vaccinated. We can let your surgery know which vaccination you’ve had.