Frequently Asked Questions
The NHS wants us to vaccinate the following adults in autumn 2023:
those aged 65 years and over
NOTE we are currently out of stock of vaccine for U65s
Adults under 65 years with long term health conditions (clinical risk groups)
those in long-stay residential care homes
carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants
If you’re unsure if you’re eligible for a free vaccination, contact your local Pharmacy+Health branch.
The flu vaccine is safe and effective. There may be some side effects but these are usually mild and should disappear within a day or two. The most common ones include soreness at the injection site, an elevated temperature, headaches, sore muscles/joints and generally feeling unwell.
Tell your pharmacist if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. Some vaccines are made from eggs. If you are allergic to eggs, ask our pharmacist for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine.
After your flu vaccination, it usually takes 10 days to two weeks to achieve full protection. If you do catch flu after being vaccinated, it’s likely to be milder and not last as long.
You can book your appointment online right now. Alternatively, give us a call or come into your local Pharmacy+Health branch. We’ll check your eligibility and arrange an appointment at a time to suit you, in some cases we may be able to offer your vaccination immediately, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Yes, according to the NHS, research shows that if you catch Covid-19 and flu at the same time you’re likely to be seriously ill so it’s important and safe to have both vaccinations if you’re invited to.
Your local Pharmacy+Health branch can also provide your Covid-19 booster if you’re eligible.