Each year between October and February LloydsPharmacy offers a flu vaccination service. Even if you don't fall into one of the high-risk categories, you can still choose to get vaccinated against flu and help prevent this debilitating infection from spoiling your Winter.
After a quick chat with the pharmacist to determine your suitability, the vaccination will take place in one of our private consultation areas. Over 700 of our pharmacies nationwide offer the vaccination service, so there should be one in your local area.
Check our store locator to find your local vaccinating pharmacy.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I can use this service?
You can use this service if you are 16 or over and in good health. However, there are some exceptions (i.e. if you have a viral infection), but the pharmacist
will determine your suitability during your consultation.
Should I get vaccinated against winter flu every year?
Yes, the virus that causes flu changes every year, so you should get vaccinated this year even if you had the Flu Vaccination last year. The vaccination this year also covers you against the H1N1 swine flu virus.
I had the Flu Vaccination last year but still caught flu. Why?
The Flu Vaccination is the best protection against the most common strains of flu. However the vaccination is not protective against all the different viruses which can produce flu-like symptoms. Getting vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of getting flu. Also, as the vaccination takes up to two weeks to become fully effective, it is still possible to be affected by flu during this time.
Will the Flu Vaccination give me flu?
No, the vaccination only contains inactive particles of the flu viruses so it can't cause flu. If you get flu immediately after receiving the vaccination it is likely to be because the vaccination has not yet become fully effective. You should therefore have the vaccination as soon as it becomes available.
What are the side effects of the vaccination?
Most people don't experience any adverse effects, however the most common side effects are general aches and pains, a rash at the injection site and feeling tired. These will usually go away within a day or two, but if symptoms do persist you'll need to see your GP. If your arm feels sore apply a cold flannel and take painkillers if necessary. If you have a headache or slight fever, drink plenty of water and take painkillers if necessary, such as paracetamol. Please ask your pharmacist for more advice. Other side effects are very rare and include nerve pain, inflammation of the nerves or blood vessels, fits, blood disorders and neurological disorders.
What is my risk of a serious allergic reaction to the vaccination?
Serious side effects are extremely rare, however all Lloydspharmacy staff providing this vaccination service are fully trained in managing what is called 'anaphylaxis'. Anaphylaxis can occur when a patient has a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination they are given. Symptoms can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and throat. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare and typically happens within ten minutes of a patient receiving the injection.
Do I need to inform my GP?
It's important that you inform your GP of your Flu Vaccination. Your pharmacist can tell you the name of the Flu Vaccination you receive.
Will you be offering the children's nasal Flu Vaccination?
No, this is a different type of vaccination that we are not able to offer this year. However, vaccinating adults in the family does help to control the spread of infection to younger members of the family.
Is there a charge for this service?
The flu vaccination is £12 at LloydsPharmacy. However, if you are in the at risk category some of our pharmacies offer a free NHS vaccination service. Please contact your local pharmacy for more details.
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