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Flu Vaccination

How to get the flu vaccination at Staveley Pharmacy

Book online or call us on 01539 821 222

You can book an appointment to have your NHS vaccination for free or a Private vaccination for £16.99
(See below to check if you’re eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination)


What is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus.

Antibodies are proteins that recognise and fight off germs, such as viruses, that have invaded your blood.

If you’re exposed to the flu virus after you have had the flu vaccine, your immune system will recognise the virus and immediately produce antibodies to fight it.

It may take 10 to 14 days for your immunity to build up fully after you have had the flu vaccine.

You need to have a flu vaccination every year as the antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains can also change from year to year.

Who should have the flu vaccine?

It is strongly recommended that everyone gets vaccinated if they can – especially if you are a shielded patient. 

Having the flu jab will help protect you from catching and spreading the flu.  It will also help prevent you from infecting other people in your family.

Getting the flu vaccine will also help reduce the strain on the NHS during flu season 2022-23.

It’s ok to have the flu jab when pregnant or if you’re taking antibiotics.

Who shouldn’t have the flu vaccine?

Most people can have a flu vaccine. However, there are a couple of exceptions:

– If you are currently unwell with a fever, you should delay getting the jab.
– If you have a  serious egg allergy, speak to your GP or pharmacist before getting the jab.

Who is eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS?

The flu jab is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. We may be able to provide your free NHS jab if you’re aged 65 and over (or will turn 65 by 31st March 2023), or if you’re aged 18 or over and you:

  • Are on the Covid-19 shielded patient list or you are a household member of someone who is
  • Are aged 50 – 64
  • Are pregnant
  • Have diabetes
  • Have asthma (treated with a preventer inhaler), COPD or other long-term lung condition
  • Have a long-term heart condition
  • Have kidney or liver disease
  • Have a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have (or live with someone who has) a weakened immune system due to a medical condition, medication or treatment
  • Are severely overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you’re ill
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker working in a residential or nursing home, a hospice or with a home care provider
  • Are a resident of a nursing or long-stay residential home

If you don’t qualify for a free NHS flu jab, you can pay to have the vaccination as a Private Flu service for £15.99.

When should I have the flu jab?

The best time to have your flu jab is from early October to the end of November. This is the ideal time but you can have it earlier or later.

What are the flu jab side effects?

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective method of fighting the flu. If you experience any jab side effects, they are likely to be mild. Side effects include:

– Mild fever
– Aching muscles
– Sore arm where you were injected
– Headache
– Tiredness or feeling under the weather
– Blocked or runny nose

Some people also lose their appetite following the injection. Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare.

Happy Customers

What our customers say

“Thank you Staveley Pharmacy for the way in which you dealt with my dad’s prescription following our call to NHS111.  It was very much appreciated.”

A Hames

“Didn’t have my prescription in stock due to suppliers being out of stock, so rang round other chemists in the area. When no luck the owner rang GP to get the prescription changed for a similar alternative. Stayed open late whilst waiting for GP to get back in touch. Incredible service and very much appreciated thank you.”

M Wardle

“Prompt and organised team, a huge and valuable range of services, from medication to health checks, and equipment. Staveley Pharmacy is most valued by the District nursing team.”

F Burrill
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