THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FLU VACCINATION

Questionnaire

Fill out a simple online questionnaire and our pharmacist will check which flu vaccine is right for you

Contact

We will contact you to book an appointment and will send you all the information you need to know before your appointment

Appointment

Visit the pharmacy for your appointment and receive your flu vaccination

Who can receive the flu vaccination at a community pharmacy?

NHS Inform have created a useful guide HOW YOU CAN GET THE FLU VACCINE IN YOUR AREA. The information provided is based on where you live and if you are eligible for the free flu vaccine.

If you are eligible for a free vaccine through the NHS you should, where possible, attend your allocated clinic appointment. You may be able to receive your vaccination at a community pharmacy if you are unable to attend your given appointment. The availability of this service varies across NHS Health Board areas so we suggest you complete the online medical questionnaire and we will advise you of your eligibility.

NHS staff working in Grampian and Tayside can receive their vaccination at a community pharmacy.

Social care staff working in Fife, Forth Valley, Grampian and Tayside can receive their vaccination at a community pharmacy.

Not being able to have a free NHS flu vaccination does not mean you cannot be protected. We offer a private flu vaccination service. 

Unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand we have had to suspend our PRIVATE vaccination service. We are actively trying to source additional vaccination supplies; we will reintroduce our private vaccination service at the earliest opportunity.

Why get the flu jab?

The flu jab reduces your risk of getting the flu and having to experience symptoms and take time to recover.

Although the flu jab does not prevent 100% of all flu cases, people who have been vaccinated and who catch a strain of the flu they are vaccinated against tend to have less severe symptoms which usually improve within a shorter period of time.

The flu can cause serious complications in children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. For these groups, the flu jab offers protection not only from the flu but helps to reduce the risk of more serious illness and the secondary complications of flu, like pneumonia.

You need to get vaccinated every year in order to stay protected – the flu virus is constantly changing, and the vaccine is formulated every year to remain effective against the most common strands of the flu. The best time to get the vaccine is before the beginning of the flu season, but you can also get it later in winter.

What happens if I get the flu jab?

Our pharmacist will firstly make sure that the vaccination is suitable for you. It is given as an injection, usually in the upper arm.

You won’t get the flu itself, but you can get some of the symptoms – the flu jab is not a live vaccine, which means you cannot get the flu from the flu jab. However, the flu jab may cause flu-like symptoms as a side effect. The side effects of the flu jab tend to be mild and they usually pass within days. If you get an injection, the injection site may be red and sore for a few days after you have received your vaccine. Your nurse or pharmacist will also give more information about potential side effects.

It can take up to 14 days for your immunity to develop after getting the flu jab. This is why it’s always best to get vaccinated early in the season to minimise your chance of catching it before you develop immunity.

How much will it cost?

Our current price for our Private Flu Vaccination service is £ 15.

Unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand we have had to suspend our PRIVATE vaccination service. We are actively trying to source additional vaccination supplies; we will reintroduce our private vaccination service at the earliest opportunity.