You can be vaccinated at any time during the flu season, which runs from September until March. It can take up to 14 days for your immunity to develop after getting the flu jab, so we advise you get vaccinated early in the season to minimise your chance of catching it before you develop immunity.
One dose (children under 8 years old, who have not previously been vaccinated against influenza, will require a second booster dose which can’t be earlier than 4 weeks after the first dose).
The flu jab is developed to protect against current common strains of the flu every year. You can have a flu jab every year.
How it is given
The flu jab is given as an injection in the upper arm, and protects against the most common strains of the virus.
The flu jab can cause side effects, such as mild flu symptoms, but it is an inactive vaccine so can not cause flu itself. The injection can cause redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site.
The flu jab is suitable for children over the age of six months. For young children please call to check availability with your local pharmacy first. Superdrug does not offer the nasal flu vaccine for children.