Appointments are currently available for patients aged 18 and above.
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 50 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 NHS website – Influenza 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 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 and year 7 can get a nasal spray from their GP or surgery free on the NHS. We are offering the nasal spray to children aged 2-17 for £25. Unfortunately, the nasal sprays are currently out of stock. But hopefully we will be getting some more soon.
All our regular pharmacists at Monkbar Pharmacy have been administering vaccinations for over 6 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.