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Pharmacy Services

Flu Vaccination

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

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

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

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

Pop into your local Whitworth Pharmacy to find out more about the flu vaccination service.

  • 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 branch. (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 a 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: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

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

  • Yes, we also provide 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: flu@wcl-ho.co.uk to book your team's workplace vaccination.

  • 1. How long does it take for the flu jab to work? 
    It can take between two and three weeks to become fully effective and be immunised from flu.

    2. Will the flu vaccination give me flu?
    No, the flu vaccine is not a live vaccine. This means that it will not give you the flu. 

    3. Do I need to tell my GP?
    Yes, it is important that you tell your GP that you have had your flu jab. Your pharmacist can tell you the name of the flu vaccination you receive.

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