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Pharmacy Services

Flu Vaccination (Winter Flu Jab Service)

Protect you, your family and colleagues during winter with the flu vaccination service. Providing both NHS and private vaccinations.

Protect you, your family and colleagues during winter with the flu vaccination service. Providing both NHS and private vaccinations.

Get the protection you need with a flu vaccination

Stay healthy this winter and prevent flu spreading by getting your winter flu jab. 

We offer NHS and private flu vaccinations plus workplace vaccinations. No booking is required. However, during busy periods or a high demand for vaccinations, it may be better to make an appointment.

Flu vaccinations are generally available between September and February. If you are interested in having a flu vaccination this year whether that is private or NHS please contact your local pharmacy.

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Seasonal flu (influenza) is an illness caused by a virus that affects your nose, throat and lungs. There are three main types of the virus: A, B and C. While most people will get better, some will become seriously ill.

Symptoms of the flu include: 

  • Fever – a temperature of 38oC or above that comes on suddenly

  • An aching body

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Loss of appetite

  • A dry cough

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Runny nose

  • Burning eyes

You do not need to make an appointment to get your flu jab - simply pop into your local pharmacy. (However, you can also make a booking if you’d like to come in on a specific day/time. Get in touch to arrange.)

You will be taken to a private consultation room and the pharmacy will ask you questions about your medical history, your general health and any medicines you’re taking. Your pharmacist will tell you more about the flu vaccination and give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have. 

If you are suitable for the vaccine, you will receive it immediately.

Whitworth Pharmacy offers both the NHS flu vaccination and private flu vaccination. 

The flu vaccination is given free of charge on the NHS to those people at risk. For more information about the at-risk groups, please visit:

If you do not fit the NHS-funded flu vaccination criteria, you can have the flu vaccination privately for which we will charge.

We also provide occupational flu vaccinations for companies who are local to our pharmacies.

By getting vaccinated, you could reduce seasonal staff absences, help keep your team healthy and avoid further business disruption. 

We have a flexible approach to booking and payment for workplace flu vaccinations. Here are some of the options companies have previously opted for:

  • The vaccination can be done in our pharmacies or we can arrange to visit your workplace. (Visits are subject to having enough bookings in one workplace or a given area to cover the pharmacist’s time).

  • Employers can choose to pay for the employee’s vaccinations. We can invoice for a set number of vaccinations planned then vouchers can be given to employees to use at the pharmacy in their own time. 

  • Employers can provide part payment to reduce the cost for employees.

  • Employers can signpost employees to their local pharmacy and it is their responsibility to pay if they require a private vaccination. Posters and information can be provided to help with awareness.

Email: to book your team's workplace vaccination.

Frequently asked questions:

  • It can take between two and three weeks to become fully effective and be immunised from flu.

  • No, the flu vaccine we use is not a live vaccine. This means that it will not give you the flu. 

  • We will always inform your GP of both NHS and private flu vaccinations, eliminating the need for you the patient to personally convey this information to your GP.

  • Yes, the flu vaccination is required each year as the virus can change.

  • The best time to get your vaccination is in autumn before the flu starts spreading however you can get the vaccination later in winter.

  • Flu vaccinations are very safe however some people might get mild side effects such as a sore arm, muscle aches or a slightly raised temperature.

    You should receive additional information during your appointment, particularly regarding rare side effects that you must be aware of to give informed consent. This includes potential allergic reactions, which will be thoroughly discussed during consultations.

Protect yourself and others by getting the flu jab. For complete reassurance and to stay healthy during the peak flu season, get booked in.