Keen to understand more about vaccinations? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know, from why they’re important to those you can get at our community pharmacies.
Vaccines are a safe and easy way to protect yourself against harmful diseases. They are usually given by injection and they work by helping your immune system to develop natural defences (antibodies) to a disease. So when you encounter the disease you already have the antibodies to protect yourself.
Vaccinations are a quick, effective and safe way to protect yourself against diseases that can damage your health.
As well as protecting yourself, vaccines also prevent you from passing a disease on to other people, limiting the spread of the disease and protecting the community.
We offer a range of vaccinations at our vaccination clinics located at local community pharmacies, including:
Your question may be covered in our FAQs about vaccines below.
If your questions aren’t covered below or you would like to talk to someone face-to-face, then our pharmacists are more than happy to answer any questions you have about vaccinations. They can help you better understand your options and if a particular vaccination is right for you. Find your nearest Well Pharmacy here.
When your body fights a disease, your immune system creates antibodies that can kill the infection.
Vaccines help with this process. Each vaccine will contain small amounts of weakened or inactive parts of the bacteria or virus that cause the disease. This isn’t enough to give you the disease but is enough for your body to create antibodies to kill it. Your immune system remembers these antibodies, giving you a level of immunity to the disease.
Vaccines are safe for the majority of people to use. All vaccines are put through rigorous clinic trials before they’re approved for use, while scientists continually monitor the safety of vaccines as they’re in use. They are one of the safest medical treatments available.
As with any medication, vaccines can cause side effects in some people. These side effects tend to be mild and short lasting, however. For example, you may experience a passing fever or a sore arm where the vaccine was injected. Severe or lasting side effects are extremely rare with vaccinations.
Vaccines are safe for most people to have. Some vaccines are more appropriate for some people, while certain vaccinations can’t be given in some circumstances. This includes if you have an illness for example. You can read more about vaccines on our website or talk to a pharmacist in a vaccination clinic at one of our local community pharmacies.
The vaccines we offer range in price. Some of our vaccinations can be given to you free of charge in certain circumstances and are funded by the NHS. You can learn more about our vaccination services on our website or speak to a pharmacist in one of our vaccination clinics.