Information & Advice
Help protect you and your family in the fight against flu with our private or NHS flu jab service
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. Flu is contagious and can be unpleasant. It can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people.
We offer a private Winter Flu Jab Service* in most of our pharmacies across the UK. We offer the free NHS flu jab* in most pharmacies in England and Wales. People living in Scotland and Northern Ireland can, if eligible, get the free NHS flu jab through their GP. Flu can be serious for those more at risk of developing complications and these people are entitled to a free NHS jab. This includes those aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions.
*In selected stores only. Subject to specially-trained pharmacist availability and stock availability. Charges apply for the private service.
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. Our specially-trained pharmacist will see if either service is suitable for you following a quick consultation and the completion of a questionnaire. 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 if you are registered with a GP in England or Wales and you are one of the following:
Have a certain medical condition such as:
Care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill. Carer status may include:
As an individual or a group
After a pharmacist consultation
If you access the NHS service
No vaccine is 100 percent effective, but being vaccinated is likely to give you effective protection against the three strains of flu virus contained in the vaccination. This includes swine flu. It takes 14-21 days for the vaccination to become fully effective.
Our pharmacist will inject the vaccine into the muscle of your upper arm. As with all medicines, there may be some side effects which 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. Speak to our pharmacist if you have any concerns about the vaccination or possible side effects.
You may not be able to have a flu jab if:
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.
*The NHS service is only in stores in England and Wales.
The in-store consultation and jab, if suitable, will take approximately 15 minutes.
The private Winter Flu Jab Service costs £12.99. The NHS service is free if you're eligible to receive it.
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