Appointments now available for our Winter Flu Jab Service
Winter Flu Jab Service
Help protect yourself against flu
The NHS flu vaccination service at Boots is available between September and March.
Please check with your local store for details on the private Flu Service which is still available to eligible customers, subject to availability.
If you have an existing online order that you wish to cancel because you didn’t have your flu vaccination, please click here..
Benefits of the service
• Convenient: Get a flu jab without having to visit your GP
• Accessible: Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including evenings
• Flexible: Book your appointment at a time and place that works for you
How it works
Answer a few simple questions
To help us check which flu jab service is right for you***
Book your appointment online
Free for the NHS flu jab. Charges apply for our private service
Go to store for your appointment
Receive your vaccination after a chat with the pharmacist
***Some people booking for the private service will also be asked to complete a short online consultation, which will be reviewed by a prescribing clinician
Why should I get the flu jab every year?
The best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading flu is to have the flu jab every year. Flu strains can change from year to year, which means last year’s jab may not protect you from this year’s strains. Over time, protection from the flu jab gradually decreases, so this is another reason to keep up to date and get your flu jab every year.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
No vaccine is 100 percent effective but being vaccinated helps protect you against the strains of flu virus contained in the vaccination. This includes swine flu. After your jab, it usually takes around 14-21 days to be protected against flu.
Learn more about the vaccination
At your appointment, one of our pharmacists will inject the vaccine into your upper arm. As with all medicines, there may be some side effects. The most common side effects include:
• Redness, soreness or bruising at the injection site
• A high temperature, sweating, shivering or feeling unwell
• Headaches, fatigue or dizziness
• Muscle and joint pain
If you experience any of these, don't worry, they’re usually mild and should disappear on their own in a day or two.
In rare cases, some people may have allergic reactions, nerve pain/inflammation, swollen glands, numbness, general skin reactions and rare nerve disorders. If you experience these, or any other unusual or severe symptoms, seek medical advice straight away. On very rare occasions, anaphylaxis may occur, and we have procedures in place to deal with this. Speak to our pharmacist if you have any concerns about the vaccination or possible side effects.
There are very few people who can’t have a flu jab, but it might not be suitable if you’ve had a reaction to a previous flu jab. Ask your pharmacist if you’re unsure.
If you feel unwell on the day of your appointment, please contact us as your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
If you, or anyone you live with has a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, then please stay at home, as these could be signs of the coronavirus. Please contact us when you can to reschedule your appointment.
The free NHS flu jab at Boots
At Boots, we can offer the free NHS flu jab to adults aged 65 and over, or adults aged 18 and over who have certain medical conditions or who fall into other eligible NHS groups such as carers. If you're aged 65 and over, with a medical condition or pregnant, catching flu can be more serious and that’s why the NHS offer a free jab.
Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)
Flu vaccination is important because:
• If you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
• If you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
• It'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus
Boots Private Winter Flu Jab Service
Don’t forget, if you aren’t eligible for the free NHS flu jab, our private Winter Flu Jab Service** is available for customers aged 16 and over in most Boots pharmacies across the UK, and in selected stores for children aged 12 to 15. It’s a simple and convenient way to help protect against flu.
*Subject to availability. NHS eligibility criteria apply
**Subject to availability. Eligibility criteria apply. Injectable vaccination only for all ages. Charges apply.
Help protect yourself from pneumonia
Pneumonia is a serious chest infection that’s most common in autumn and winter. If you’re 18 or over, you may also want to consider our Pneumonia Vaccination Service†. To make things easier, some of our pharmacies can offer this service at the same time as your flu jab. Find out more about the private Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service.
†Most Boots pharmacies, subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply