Get your Winter Flu Jab at Boots

Get your Winter Flu Jab at Boots


Boots Lakeside offer the free NHS (or other locally-funded) flu jab* in most of our stores for customers who meet the NHS criteria. When you book, we’ll ask a few questions to check if you can have the NHS flu jab. If not, you can book our private service*^, available in most stores for people aged 16+ and in selected stores for children aged 11 to 15.

Benefits of the service

  • Convenient: Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings
  • Flexible: Book your appointment at a time and place that works for you

*Subject to availability. Eligibility criteria apply

^Injectable vaccine, £16.99

Some areas provide a free flu vaccination programme in schools, which may include some secondary year groups.

Why should I get the flu jab every year?

The best way to help protect yourself and others from flu is to have the flu jab every year. Over time, protection from the flu jab gradually decreases and flu strains can change, which means a previous flu jab may not protect you from this year's strains.


How effective is the flu vaccine?

Whilst no vaccine is 100% effective, having a flu jab will help protect you from catching flu and passing it on to others. After your jab, it usually takes around two weeks to be protected.

What happens at the appointment?

One of our vaccinators will inject the vaccine into your upper arm. As with all medicines, there may be some side effects but these are usually mild and should disappear within a day or two. The most common side effects include:

  • Redness, soreness or bruising at the injection site
  • A high temperature, sweating, shivering or feeling unwell
  • Headaches, fatigue or dizziness
  • Aching muscles or joints

In the rare event that you have an allergic reaction to the vaccination, our vaccinators are trained to help with this.

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