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. We offer NHS and Private Flu Vaccines.
Eligible cohorts for flu vaccine are based on the advice of the JCVI and Department of Health and Social Care. Those eligible for NHS flu vaccine in 2023/24 are:
- Those aged 65 years and older
- Those aged six months to 65 years in clinical risk groups
- Chronic Respiratory Disease
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Chronic Neurological Disease
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Morbid obesity (Adults with a BMI of greater than 40kg/m^2)
- See Green book for comprehensive list
- Pregnant Women
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
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 here 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.
Children aged 2, 3, or in primary school can get a nasal spray from their GP surgery free on the NHS. We are offering the nasal spray to children aged 2-17 for £25.
All our regular pharmacists at Monkbar Pharmacy have been administering vaccinations for over 8 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.