Private Flu Jabs

This year it has never been so important to get a flu jab. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu jab.

Flu is a viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat bronchi and occasionally lungs. Infection lasts for about a week and symptoms include sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, tiredness, cough, sore throat rhinitis.

Flu can be very unpleasant and if you’re healthy, it usually will clear up in a week. For some people, flu can be more severe such as:
- Aged 65 or older
- Pregnant women
- Children and Adults with underlying health conditions (such as respiratory or heart disease)
- Children and Adults with weakened immune systems
(See https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/ for more information about who is in an at risk group)

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially severe complications of flu such as pneumonia (lung infection), so it’s recommended that they get a flu jab every year.

For people in at risk groups , they are eligible to have a free NHS flu vaccine. This can be given in your local pharmacy or GP surgery.

For those who aren’t eligible to get an NHS flu vaccine, then we can offer a private flu vaccine. This will cost £15.

Most children can get a flu vaccine through school or their GP surgery. We will be doing nasal sprays and injections for children later in the year when nasal spray vaccines become available to pharmacies. Please ring the pharmacy to register your interest.

All our regular pharmacists at Monkbar Pharmacy have been administering vaccinations for over 5 years. We aim to make the experience as totally stress-free as possible and are very accommodating and patient with those that have a fear of injections.

This year (2020/21), we will be giving, for those aged 18-64, a cell-based quadrivalent (four virus strain) flu vaccine where available. We believe this is the most effective vaccine for this age group. This has been recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

We have built a new COVID-ready vaccination consultation room this year with increased emphasis on reducing the spread of COVID-19 transmission and other pathogens.