Do your bit for your community with a flu jab
At LloydsPharmacy, we’re here to protect you and your loved ones from seasonal illnesses and ailments, including flu. Even when we feel fit and healthy, we can still catch the flu. That’s why having your flu vaccination is so important. Not just for you, but the wider community too.
We offer a flu vaccination, in-store, for anyone over the age of 18. If you’re 50 and over, have a medical condition or are pregnant, catching flu can be more serious. It’s why they’re offered FREE of charge (funded by the NHS) in our pharmacies.
How our vaccination service works
Book your flu jab online.
During your appointment one of our pharmacists will ask you a few questions to make sure the vaccine is right for you.
If suitable you'll be given the vaccination in your local store.
The importance of the flu jab
The flu can be serious for many people and can make you feel really poorly. If you’re not sure whether to get the flu vaccination or why you should get the flu jab again this year, perhaps the benefits will help change your mind.
Getting the flu vaccine:
- Gives the best protection against flu
- Protects you against this year’s strain of flu
- Means if you do get the flu after you’ve been vaccinated your symptoms will be milder
- Helps protect those around you who may not be able to get the jab
- Lowers the risk of serious complications for those who are more prone to catching flu
- Will prevent you from being seriously ill if you also get coronavirus at the same time
Can I have a free flu jab?
If you are affected by any of the below, you’re likely to be eligible for a free flu vaccination, funded by the NHS (England and Wales only). These are available in selected pharmacies.
You don’t need a GP's referral or GP's permission to have a free flu jab. If you do have a free flu jab with us, we’ll let your GP know. Please speak to your pharmacist for details about your eligibility.
You're eligible for a FREE NHS flu vaccine if:
- You're over 50
- You're pregnant
- You have asthma or a lung condition
- You have chronic heart disease
- You have diabetes
- You have a chronic kidney or liver condition
- You've had a stroke
- You have an illness or are taking medicines that affect your immune system
How much does the flu jab cost?
If you're not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, you can still protect yourself with a private flu vaccine for £14.99.
Keeping you safe when you visit us
We're working hard to make sure our pharmacists can provide services, care and advice to you safely. Here are some of the things we're doing to keep you safe.
We politely ask you to wear a face covering if you’re using one of our pharmacy services
Our colleagues will be wearing PPE
We’ll be limiting the time you spend with our pharmacists in our consultation room
We’ll clean the consultation room before and after every appointment
Here to help you beat coughs, colds and flu
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I can have the flu jab?
You can use the NHS service if you are 18 or over and are eligible for a free flu jab. For the private service you need to be aged 16 or over (except in Northern Ireland where you need to be 18 or over). However, there are some exceptions (i.e. if you have a high temperature), but the pharmacist will determine your suitability during your consultation.
Do I need to book an appointment for my flu injection?
Yes, you can book your online appointment with our booking form.
How long does this service take?
Your flu vaccination takes less than 15 minutes.
Can children have the flu vaccine?
In LloydsPharmacy stores we cannot vaccinate children under the age of 16, and in some areas, we cannot vaccinate those under 18. The NHS flu service is offered to those 18 years and over and who are eligible. The private service is suitable for those aged 16 and over, except in Northern Ireland where you need to be 18 or over.
When is the best time to get vaccinated?
The best time to get vaccinated is from the beginning of October to early November. However, your participating local LloydsPharmacy offers vaccinations right through to March, so you can come in at time over the winter season.
How quickly does the flu jab take effect?
It can take between 2 to 3 weeks to become fully effective and be immunised from flu.
Should I get vaccinated against winter flu every year?
Yes, the virus that causes flu changes every year, so you should get vaccinated this year even if you had the flu vaccination last year. The flu vaccination this year also covers you against the H1N1 swine flu virus.
I had the flu jab last year but still caught flu. Why?
The flu vaccination is the best protection against the most common strains of flu. However, the vaccination does not protect against all the different viruses which can produce flu-like symptoms.
Please remember, getting vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of getting flu. Also, as the flu vaccination takes up to two weeks to become fully effective, it is still possible to be affected by flu during this time.
Will the flu vaccination give me flu?
No, the flu vaccination only contains inactive particles of the flu viruses so it can't cause flu. If you get flu immediately after receiving the flu vaccination it is likely to be because the vaccination has not yet become fully effective. You should therefore have the flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available.
What are the side effects of the flu vaccination?
Most people don't experience any adverse effects, however the most common side effects are general aches and pains, a rash at the injection site and feeling tired. These will usually go away within a day or two, but if symptoms do persist you'll need to see your GP.
If your arm feels sore apply a cold flannel and take painkillers, if necessary. If you have a headache or slight fever, drink plenty of water and take painkillers, if necessary, such as paracetamol. Please ask your pharmacist for more advice.
Other side effects are very rare and include nerve pain, inflammation of the nerves or blood vessels, fits, blood disorders and neurological disorders.
What is my risk of a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccination?
Serious side effects are extremely rare, however, all LloydsPharmacy colleagues providing this service are fully trained in managing what is called 'anaphylaxis'. Anaphylaxis can occur when a patient has a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination they are given.
Symptoms can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and throat. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare and typically happens within ten minutes of a patient receiving the injection.
Should I take a break from working out after the flu vaccination?
Not particularly. Some people may experience a sore arm, so the advice is just to be sensible.
Should I get still get my flu jab if I’m feeling unwell?
If you are very unwell (for example with a fever or temperature above 38.5 C), the pharmacist may postpone your flu vaccination until you have fully recovered. If you have a minor illness without a fever, such as a cold, you should not need to postpone your flu vaccine. It is also fine to have your flu jab if you are on antibiotics.
Do I need to inform my GP?
If you do have a free flu jab at one of our pharmacies, we’ll let your GP know.
*This is an NHS funded service.