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Winter Flu Jab Service

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Winter Flu Jab Service

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Accessing the Winter Flu Jab Service at Boots

If you want help protecting yourself against flu this winter, our Winter Flu Jab Service is here to help. If you are 16 or over, you can book an appointment for a flu vaccination.

The benefits of having a flu vaccination are:

  • To help you stay on top of your health during the winter
  • To help prevent the spread of infection among your family, friends and work colleagues

Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you may consider having it again this year to protect yourself against the three strains of flu virus contained in the vaccinationes. This includes the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.

How much does the Boots Winter Flu Jab Service cost?

The Winter Flu Jab Service costs £12.99, or is free to you if your company has provided you with a prepaid Corporate Flu Voucher.

Certain groups of people can also get a free NHS vaccination. See the FAQ section for more details on eligibility.

Where can I find Boots Winter Flu Jab Service?

The Winter Flu Jab Service is available in over 900 Boots pharmacies across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, many of which are open seven days a week.

Many people should only be a 20 minute drive from a Boots pharmacy offering the service.

You can find your nearest store offering the Winter Flu Jab Service with our handy store locator here.

What happens at my appointment?

Your pharmacist will go through a questionnaire with you to see if the vaccination is suitable for you. You can pick up a copy in store or download the questionnaire online, print it out and complete it at home to save time when you get to the store. For more information, see our flu service leaflet.

Using Boots Winter Flu Jab Service

Can I get a free flu vaccination on the NHS from my doctor?

You may be entitled to a free NHS vaccination from your doctor if you are:

  • Aged 65 or over
  • Pregnant

If you have a serious medical condition such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease including severe asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (e.g. steroid medication or cancer treatment) or removal of the spleen
  • Neurological disease

If you are involved in caring for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill. This includes:

  • Front-line healthcare workers*
  • Residents of nursing, or residential homes
  • People who are in receipt of a carer's allowance
  • Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person

*This varies depending on your locality. Free entitlement may be different in the Channel Islands.

Who is the Boots Winter Flu Jab Service not suitable for?

The Boots Winter Flu Jab Service is not suitable for people under 16 years old. You may not be able to have a flu vaccination if:

  • You feel unwell, have a high temperature, or an infection
  • You are allergic to either eggs or chicken
  • You have had an allergic reaction to a previous injection
  • You have any other allergies
Can I receive Boots Advantage Card points when I use the Winter Flu Jab Service?

You can receive Boots Advantage card points if you purchase the flu vaccination at £12.99. Unfortunately, if you receive a vaccination through the employer pre-paid scheme you will not receive any Boots Advantage Card points.

How the flu vaccination work

What protection does the Winter Flu Jab Service offer?

The service 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 connected with a flu vaccination?

Most of the 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

*Common is defined as greater than or equal to 1 in 100 and less than 1 in 10.

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.

Will I develop flu from the vaccination?

No, you will not contract flu from the vaccination.

Can I still catch flu after having the vaccination?

Being vaccinated is likely to provide effective protection against the three strains of flu virus contained in the vaccination. However there is still a chance that you will catch seasonal flu. After the vaccination, it takes between 14-21 days for it to become fully effective against these strains of the virus, so it is sensible to organise your vaccination as early as possible.

Do I need to tell my doctor if am coming to Boots for a flu vaccination?

We recommend that you tell your doctor you have been vaccinated so that your medical records can be updated.

I am a vegetarian, is it okay for me to have the vaccination?

During the production process, the vaccine is cultured in fertilised hen's eggs. Some vegetarians may be opposed to this. If you have concerns about this for religious reasons please seek the appropriate religious advice for guidance

What happens if I have an allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions tend to be rare. Our pharmacists are fully trained to deal with them

Catching flu

What is influenza (flu)?

Flu is caused by a number of different strains of influenza viruses, which are passed around by coughing and sneezing or touching infected surfaces or people. This may then enter your body through areas like the mouth, nose or eyes.

Hand washing is the best protection against flu. Regularly washing your hands with hot water and soap will help to get rid of potentially harmful germs that lead to flu.

What are the symptoms of flu?

Although everyone can experience different symptoms of flu, the most common ones are:

  • High temperature (fever)
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Catarrh, feeling blocked up
How long does flu last?

The main symptoms of flu normally peak after two or three days and within five to eight days you should feel a lot better. Sometimes symptoms like catarrh may last a little longer. The symptoms and the length of time they last will vary from person to person. They tend to be more severe in the very young and the elderly and other vulnerable groups who should take individual advice if they develop flu.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of influenza, a virus which is called influenza A (H1N1v).

What's the difference between a cold and the flu?

It's often difficult to know whether you have flu or a cold but here are some tips for understanding the differences:

  • The symptoms of flu tend to come on very quickly, much more so than a common cold.
  • You are far more likely to run a fever with flu than with a cold. This can be 38°C/100°F or higher.
  • With flu you are more likely to feel extremely tired and ache all over. The tiredness will last a lot longer than with a cold

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