Winter Flu Jab Services

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Winter Flu Jab Services

Book your private or NHS flu jab online in one of over 2,000 Boots pharmacies nationwide.

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A flu jab appointment to suit you

Our specially-trained pharmacists can provide a flu jab at one of over 2,000 conveniently located pharmacies, some of which are open seven days a week. The pharmacist will see if the jab is suitable for you following a quick consultation and the completion of a questionnaire.

We know it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to get to your GP, so book with us at a time and location to suit you*.

The free NHS jab at Boots

If you fall into one of the clinical risk groups who are advised to have the flu jab, Boots may be able to provide a free NHS jab (without a referral from your GP) if you are 18 years or over at the time of vaccination, registered with a GP in England or Wales and you:

  • Are aged 65 and over (or will turn 65 by 31 March 2016)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a certain medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Learn more about eligibility criteria

Certain medical conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease, including asthma if you're on a preventer inhaler
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lowered immunity due to disease (e.g. HIV) or treatment (e.g. steroid medication or cancer treatment) or you have had your spleen removed
  • Neurological disease

Carer status may include:

  • People who are in receipt of a carer's allowance
  • Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person

None of these apply? No worries. You may still be eligible for a private jab at Boots at a cost of £12.99.*

How getting the flu jab at Boots works

1. Book an appointment

As an individual or a group

2. Get vaccinated

After a pharmacist consultation

3. Let us tell your GP

If you access the NHS service

Book appointment

Book appointment

We are unable to offer you an appointment online if you are allergic to either eggs or chicken. Contact your local Boots pharmacy directly.

*In selected stores only. Subject to specially trained pharmacist availability and stock availability. Eligibility applies. Charges apply for private service.


Why should I have a flu jab?

Flu is contagious and can be unpleasant. It is caused by different strains of influenza viruses, which can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people. It can be serious for those more at risk of developing complications and these people are entitled to a free NHS jab.

If you want help to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection among family, friends and work colleagues, taking advantage of the winter flu jab at Boots is a good first step.

Is the private Boots Winter Flu Jab Service suitable for everyone?

You may not be able to have a flu jab if:

  • You feel unwell, have a high temperature or an infection
  • You have had an allergic reaction to a previous injection
  • You have certain other allergies

Please note that you must be 16 years or older to get the private flu jab at Boots and 18 or over to get your free NHS jab at Boots.

What protection does the flu vaccination offer?

It helps protect against the three strains of the flu virus contained in the vaccination. This includes the H1N1 virus (swine flu).

Are there any side effects linked with the flu vaccination?

Most side effects are not serious and should disappear on their own in a day or two. The most common** side effects include:

  • Fever
  • Feeling unwell
  • Shivering
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Skin reactions such as redness, pain, bruising and hardening of the skin at the injection site

**There is a 1-10% chance that you will be affected by a common side effect.

Rare reactions include:

  • Nerve pain and inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Fits
  • Thromboctyopaenia (a blood disorder)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
  • Rare nerve disorders
  • On rare occasions anaphylaxis may occur (we have procedures in place to deal with this)

You should get medical advice straight away if you experience any of these reactions.

Can I still catch the flu after having the flu vaccination?

Being vaccinated is likely to provide effective protection against the three strains of flu virus contained in the vaccination. However, you could still catch seasonal flu as it takes 14-21 days for the vaccination to become fully effective.

How much is the private Winter Flu Jab Service at Boots?

The private Winter Flu Jab Service is £12.99.

Would I have to pay for a private flu jab with my GP?

Yes, your GP will only be able to offer you the free NHS flu jab if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

I'm a vegetarian, is it OK for me to have the vaccination?

The vaccine is cultured in fertilised hen's eggs or animal cell cultures during production. Some vegetarians may be opposed to this. If you have concerns about this for religious reasons please seek the appropriate religious advice for guidance.

Are the flu vaccinations at Boots mercury free?

Yes, they are mercury free. None of the influenza vaccines for the 2015/16 season contain thiomersal (which contains small amounts of mercury) as an added preservative.

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