NHS Flu Vaccination Service

We are delighted to offer the NHS Flu Service free of charge to eligible patients

NHS Flu Vaccination Service

We provide the same vaccination service you would receive at your GP surgery.

We have put together some FAQs to help you understand this service.

Who is eligible for a FREE NHS Flu vaccination?

The following patients are eligible for a FREE NHS Flu vaccination:

  • all people aged 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2019);
  • people aged from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
    • chronic liver disease;
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
    • diabetes;
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
    • splenic dysfunction; or
    • morbid obesity. Adults with a Body Mass Index ≥40kg/m2
  • pregnant women aged 18 or over (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season);
  • people aged 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities;
  • carers aged 18 or over;
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.
  • social care workers;
  • hospice workers.
Do I need to book an appointment?

No. We don't require an appointment. However, as the vaccination must be performed by a Pharmacist, during busy periods there may be a short wait for your vaccination.

Can children be vaccinated?

Currently Pharmacies can only vaccinate patients over 18 years of age. Younger children and adolescents will need to make an appointment with their GP practice.

Will you tell my GP I've been vaccinated?

Yes. This is a requirement of the NHS Flu vaccination service. Our computer system will securely notify your GP practice at the time of your vaccination. This enables your medical records to be updated and should ensure you do not receive "flu reminder" letters or telephone calls from your surgery.

Can I have a vaccination if I'm not eligible for a FREE NHS one?

Yes you can. We can vaccinate you privately for a fee of £9. This will be a quadrivalent vaccine.

How long will the vaccination take?

The vaccination itself is very quick! We also need to do some brief data entry on computer so your GP is notified. After your vaccination, we are obliged to observe you for 10 minutes to ensure you do not have an adverse (allergic) reaction to the vaccine. In total, allow approximately 20 minutes.

When do you start vaccinations?

The Flu vaccination programme runs from 1st September to the 31st March each year. The Department of Health recommends that vaccination starts as soon as vaccine is available from manufacturers.

We order vaccines a year before the season starts to ensure we receive our vaccines as early as possible in September. We will post updates to our homepage as the flu season approaches. If you use our app, we will notify you when the vaccines arrive. You can even book a time and date from within the app!

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