The flu vaccination is offered as a free NHS service every year to help protect those at risk of the flu and its complications. As well as offering the service privately, we can also provide the service for free to protect against main types of flu viruses.
If you do get the flu vaccine, it will be milder and it won’t last as long. Also having the vaccine will stop you from spreading the flu to other people who may be at more risk. It will take 10 to 14 days for the vaccine to work.
Who can have the Flu?
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
Most adults can have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. The vaccine may not be the right one for you if you suffer from an allergic reaction to egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.
Ask a GP or pharmacist for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine.
If you’re ill with a high temperature, it’s best to wait until you’re better before having the flu vaccine.
Please contact us if you would like further information on how to get your flu vaccine. We offer flu vaccines at our pharmacy.