FLU VACCINATIONS

Flu Vaccinations

We provide a simple, convenient and safe in-store service via our pharmacy. Your flu jab will be given by our pharmacist.

We offer the following services:

  • Free NHS flu vaccine for those that meet the criteria below
  • Private patients – egg based vaccine for £14.99
  • Private patients – cell based version (for those with egg allergies) for £19.99

You will qualify for a free NHS flu jab in England and Wales if you:

  • Are over 50 (including those who will turn 50 by 31st March 2022)
  • Are living with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS Shielded patient list)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain long-term health conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, a heart condition or a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease)
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker
  • Are in a long-stay residential care home
  • Are a carer (you may be receiving carers allowance, or be the main carer for someone elderly or disabled)
  • Have a learning disability
  • Are severely overweight

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About the vaccine...

  • When to get vaccinated

    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.

  • Course

    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).

  • Boosters

    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.

  • Side effects

    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.

  • Children

    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.

Flu Vaccination frequently asked questions...

If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It will be effective at helping to prevent flu. 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

Yes. Every flu season there are different strains of flu virus circulating and the protection from last year’s flu jab gradually decreases over time. The best way to protect yourself from flu is to have a flu jab every year.

Flu can cause nausea, fever, aches & pains, coughs and a stuffy nose. You may end up in bed for several days, affecting your work schedule, family life and social commitments. People in vulnerable groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. For busy workers, parents or carers, a Flu Jab can help limit any interruption to your routine or days off work. You will reduce the risk of catching flu and therefore passing it on to older or more vulnerable family members.

No. The vaccine contains inactivated particles that cannot cause flu. Any mild flu-like symptoms that you may experience are the normal response of the body’s immune system to a vaccination. Most people do not experience these symptoms.

You may experience some redness and swelling where you have had your vaccination. This may feel hard when you touch it. This will disappear with time. Less commonly, a mild temperature and aching symptoms may occur as a result of the immune system responding to the vaccine. This can last for up to 48 hours after vaccination and is not considered unusual. If this happens, make sure you drink plenty of water. You may feel tired for the next couple of days, but this will pass.

If you should experience any side effects, you should contact Shantys Pharmacy or GP as soon as possible.

Flu Jab Clinic - Shantys Pharmacy Whitechapel E1