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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.

What is a vaccination?

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.

Why are vaccinations important?

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. 

What vaccinations can I get from Well Pharmacy?

We offer a range of vaccinations at our vaccination clinics located at local community pharmacies, including:

Pneumonia Vaccination Service

Pneumonia is an infection that can cause serious illness or even death.

HPV Vaccination Service

The human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause genital warts, cervical cancer and some other types of cancer.

Meningitis B Vaccination Service

Meningitis is a serious infection which causes inflammation in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

Chickenpox Vaccination Service

Chickenpox can cause serious complications in vulnerable people.

Flu jab services

The flu can be dangerous and life-threatening for some people.

I have other questions about vaccinations

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.

How do vaccines work? 

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. 

Are vaccinations safe?

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.

Who can get vaccinated? 

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. 

How much do vaccinations cost? 

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.