Information & Advice
Let Boots help you in the fight against flu. As well as our private Winter Flu Jab Service, we now offer the free NHS flu jab in England and Wales if you are eligible to receive it.
You can get the private flu jab from 14 September and start dates for the NHS services may vary depending on your location. More details will be given when you book online or in store. In Scotland and Northern Ireland if you are eligible for a free NHS vaccination, this can only be provided by your GP.
It takes between 14 and 21 days for the flu jab to become fully effective, so get yours as soon as possible!
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*.
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:
Certain medical conditions include:
Carer status may include:
None of these apply? No worries. You may still be eligible for a private jab at Boots at a cost of £12.99.*
As an individual or a group
After a pharmacist consultation
If you access the NHS service
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.
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.
You may not be able to have a flu jab if:
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.
It helps protect against the three strains of the flu virus contained in the vaccination. This includes the H1N1 virus (swine flu).
Most side effects are not serious and should disappear on their own in a day or two. The most common** side effects include:
**There is a 1-10% chance that you will be affected by a common side effect.
Rare reactions include:
You should get medical advice straight away if you experience any of these reactions.
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.
The private Winter Flu Jab Service is £12.99.
Yes, your GP will only be able to offer you the free NHS flu jab if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria.
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.
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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