Help protect against flu
We offer the free NHS (or other locally-funded) flu jab* in most of our stores for customers who meet the NHS criteria. When you book, we’ll ask a few questions to check if you can have the NHS flu jab. If not, you can book our private service*^, available in most stores for people aged 16+ and in selected stores for children aged 11 to 15‡.
Step oneAnswer a few questions
To help us check which flu jab service is right for you**
Step twoBook an appointment
Free for the NHS flu jab or £16.99^ for our private service
Step threeAttend your appointment
Have your flu jab following a conversation with the vaccinator
How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will take around 10 minutes.
**Some bookings for the private service include a short online consultation, which is reviewed by a prescribing clinician
^Injectable vaccine, £16.99 (or £21.99 in Jersey)
The best way to help protect yourself and others from flu is to have the flu jab every year. Over time, protection from the flu jab gradually decreases and flu strains can change, which means a previous flu jab may not protect you from this year's strains.
Whilst no vaccine is 100% effective, having a flu jab will help protect you from catching flu and passing it on to others. After your jab, it usually takes around two weeks to be protected.Learn more
One of our vaccinators will inject the vaccine into your upper arm. As with all medicines, there may be some side effects but these are usually mild and should disappear within a day or two. The most common side effects include:
In the rare event that you have an allergic reaction to the vaccination, our vaccinators are trained to help with this.
The eligible groups for a free flu jab vary in each country and may be updated during the winter flu season.Read more
Most of our pharmacies in England can provide the free NHS flu jab* to people aged 65 and over† as well as those aged 18+ who are carers, are pregnant, or in a clinical risk group (e.g. diabetes, a heart condition or asthma treated with a preventer inhaler). This is not a complete list, click here for more details.
Wales and Isle of Man
Most of our pharmacies in Wales and our pharmacy on the Isle of Man can provide the free NHS flu jab* to people aged 50 and over†† as well as those aged 18+ who are carers, are pregnant, or in a clinical risk group. This is not a complete list, click here for more details.
Some of our pharmacies in Scotland may be able to provide the free NHS flu jab* to certain eligible groups. Please check local guidance or book our private service.
Some of our pharmacies in Northern Ireland may be able to provide the free health service funded flu jab* certain eligible groups. Please check local guidance or book our private service.
All our pharmacies in Jersey offer the free States-funded flu jab* to eligible customers. Our pharmacies in Guernsey offer the private service only.
If you aren’t eligible for the free NHS (or other local-funded) flu vaccination, you may want to consider our private Winter Flu Jab Service*^.
*Subject to availability. Eligibility criteria apply
†Including those who will turn 65 by 31st March 2023
††Including those who will turn 50 by 31st March 2023
^Injectable vaccine, £16.99 (or £21.99 in Jersey)
Make sure you've read all the information on this page
If you're accessing our private service, please see our Patient Guide
If you're completing an online consultation for our private service, you can find our terms and conditions here
If you have any more questions, please see our FAQs.
We asked our patients what they thought about our online consultation services. Find out the results of the latest survey here.
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) regulates Boots UK Limited to provide care for patients in Northern Ireland. See our latest inspection report here.
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We may also process your personal data for carefully considered and specific purposes which are in our interest and enable us to enhance the services we provide, but which we believe also benefit our customers. Your personal data will be stored for as long as necessary unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.
We may share your personal information across Boots services such as Boots Pharmacy and with other companies that provide services on our behalf but we assure you that Boots will never sell your personal data. We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and keeping your personal data safe and secure is our top priority.
Pneumonia is a serious chest infection that’s most common in autumn and winter. If you’re 18 or over, you may be interested in the Boots private Pneumonia Vaccination Service^^.
^^Most Boots pharmacies, subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply.
Please note this is not an NHS service