If you have ever had the flu before, you will know how unpleasant it can be. Not only can it make you feel really unwell, it can be highly contagious too.
To help prevent you from catching or spreading the flu this season, NHS and private flu vaccination services are now available at local Superdrug Pharmacies.
Here’s everything you need to know…
About the Flu Vaccination
Getting a flu vaccination may be considered as a very sensible option to help with staying protected! Although getting a vaccination doesn’t prevent 100% off all flu cases, people who have been vaccinated and catch a strain of flu are less likely to suffer from severe symptoms and may recover quicker - which is reason enough for us!
At Superdrug Pharmacy, our flu jab service helps to protect against four of the most common strains of flu prevalent this season. If you’re thinking ‘I was vaccinated last year, I don’t need to get it again’… Sorry to the bearer of bad news, but the flu is a sneaky virus that is constantly changing, therefore our service is updated each season to remain effective against new strains and provided to people again.
How to Get the Flu Vaccination Service at a Superdrug Pharmacy
The flu vaccination service is available any time during flu season (September to March) and you can either visit your local Superdrug Pharmacy to see if they have any walk-in appointments available or you can book an appointment with one of our lovely Customer Service team members.
Free NHS Flu Service*
At many of our Superdrug Pharmacies, we offer a free flu vaccination service through our amazing NHS to those in certain risk groups. You may be eligible for a free flu vaccination if you:
- Are under 9 or over 65
- Are pregnant
- Have heart or lung problems, including asthma
- Have diabetes, chronic kidney or liver conditions
- Have been diagnosed with long term neurological conditions, including having had a stroke
- Have a BMI of over 40
- Are immunosuppressed or look after someone who has immunosuppression
If you do not fit into one of these categories, you of course can still receive the service at one of our pharmacies – speak to one of our in-store team about prices or visit our Flu Vaccination page.
*This may be subject to change alongside updates to NHS guidelines.
What is the Flu?
There’s no sugar coating it, the flu is pretty unpleasant! It is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses which may cause a range of nasty symptoms including:
- A sudden temperature of over 38C
- Aches all over your body
- Feeling exhausted and difficulty sleeping
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Loss of appetite
- An upset tummy
- Feeling or being sick
How do you treat the flu? You get yourself into bed, rest up, sleep, drink lots of water and take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature. It may take up to two weeks to get back to your normal self, but we hear Netflix makes a great companion during your time of bed rest!
Get Your Vaccination
There’s no hiding from flu season, so get in there early and help to protect yourself by booking in for the flu vaccination service as soon as possible.
Walk-in appointments are now available at Superdrug Pharmacies, or you can call our booking team to make an appointment.