Woman getting the flu vaccine
  • Vaccination administered at a LloydsPharmacy in one injection
  • Protects against several strains of the flu virus
  • Not suitable for over-65s

Flu vaccine

The influenza (flu) vaccine offers good protection against several strains of the flu virus. If you aren’t eligible to receive the vaccination for free on the NHS, you can order it privately through our online service.

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Woman getting the flu vaccine
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  • Vaccination administered at a LloydsPharmacy in one injection
  • Protects against several strains of the flu virus
  • Not suitable for over-65s

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Let me know when flu vaccinations are available

Getting your annual flu vaccine is an effective way to boost your immunity against the virus. If you're not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, you can request a private one with our service.

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About the influenza (flu) vaccine

  • How to get the flu vaccine in the UK

    When you book your vaccine through our online service, you can choose the LloydsPharmacy store where you will receive your injection. After one of our clinicians has approved your order, you need to call up your chosen pharmacy and book an appointment to receive your injection from a trained medical professional.

    In most cases it is injected into the muscle of the upper arm in one dose. Most people do not find the injection painful. You will be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination to ensure there are no immediate side effects.

  • How the flu vaccine works

    This vaccine consists of a single injection administered to the upper arm. The vaccine contains small amounts of a modified (inactive) form of multiple different flu viruses. Your body responds by producing antibodies to fight the infection. This vaccine cannot give you flu, although a very small number of patients may experience side effects similar to the common cold.

  • Effectiveness

    The vaccine does not guarantee complete protection, but it has been shown to reduce the likelihood of catching flu. Clinical studies have also shown that it is likely to reduce the severity and length of the symptoms if you do catch flu. Protection lasts for up to one year, after which you’ll need to be vaccinated again.

    The best time to get the flu vaccine is between September and November. If you do not receive the flu vaccine during these months, you can still receive it. It is better to receive the vaccine late than not at all.

  • Who can have the flu vaccine

    If you are over 18 and have not already been vaccinated this year it is very likely that you can safely receive the Flu Vaccine. It is usually advised that pregnant women receive the vaccine. There is no evidence that it can harm an unborn baby, or a baby being breastfed.

    There is one type of Flu Vaccine that should only be administered to pregnant women from their second trimester onwards. Your assessing clinician will use the information in your questionnaire to make sure that the vaccine is safe for you.

    Certain illnesses and allergies will prevent you from receiving the vaccine. You should list any illnesses or allergies when filling out your questionnaire.

  • Side effects of the flu vaccine

    The most common side effect of the flu vaccine is soreness at the injection site. Some people do also find that they have symptoms resembling the common cold, such as a headache, runny nose, cough, or sore throat. These usually pass in a few days.

    In very rare cases, vaccination can lead to anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction). However this tends to happen very quickly after injection. All LloydsPharmacy pharmacists administering the vaccine are trained in the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.

  • Will the flu jab prevent coronavirus?

    It’s important to remember that the flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19. The flu vaccine changes each year, protecting against the strains of the flu that are identified as the most likely to cause the flu that year.  

  • Will the flu vaccine be mandatory?

    The flu vaccine isn’t mandatory, but if you are 65 or over, have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, aged 2-3, in primary school or are a frontline health or social worker, you will be offered the vaccine on the NHS. If you don’t get a vaccine on the NHS, you can book a flu vaccination privately. 

  • Important information about the flu vaccine

    The flu jab does not give you flu. This is a common misconception. The vaccine simply stimulates the immune system to fight the virus. You may experience flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine, but these tend to be very mild and pass quickly. They do not indicate infection.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to have the flu vaccine if you are taking other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe the vaccine safely.

  • Alternative flu vaccines

    If you are 65 or over, the vaccine we offer (Quadrivalent) is not suitable and will not be prescribed. Visit your local LloydsPharmacy or your GP to have the suitable vaccine (Fluad) administered.

  • How long should I allow for my flu vaccine appointment?

    Your vaccine appointment will take approximately 15 minutes. 

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