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Flu vaccination service

Information about the flu vaccination service in our community pharmacies.

Flu vaccination in our community pharmacies

In order to fulfil our existing appointments, we are not currently taking online appointment bookings for flu vaccinations. This is to allow us to manage vaccine stock levels and pharmacist availability more locally.

To make an appointment for your flu jab at your local Well pharmacy, please contact them directly. Find your local Well pharmacy.

We also have some appointment availability for our flu bus that is visiting 31 Co-op stores across England. Read more about the flu bus.

How much does a flu vaccine cost?

If you pay for your flu vaccine, it costs £14.50.

If you’re eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination you can let us know when booking your appointment and you won’t be charged. You’ll need to bring some evidence with you to your appointment that shows you’re eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, like proof of age or a reminder letter or text message. If you're unable to provide this evidence on the day of your vaccination, you will be charged £14.50. Our flu vaccination service in Wales is funded by NHS Wales.

You might have a Well Pharmacy voucher for a free flu vaccination. You can let us know when booking your appointment, just make sure you bring your voucher with you.

Am I eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination?

Find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS website. We can only provide free NHS flu vaccinations to people in England and Wales. If you’re booking on behalf of someone under 18, they won’t be eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination with Well.

Who can get a flu vaccination?

The flu vaccine is available to people aged two and above. Some children under two can also have the flu vaccine if they’re at high risk of getting flu. Find out more about the children’s flu vaccine on the NHS website.

Under 18s will need an adult to book their appointment for them and a legal guardian to attend the appointment with them.

Some flu vaccines are made using eggs and are unsuitable for people who have an egg allergy. Speak to your pharmacist or GP if you have an egg allergy as there may be a low-egg or egg-free vaccine available.

If you’ve had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine before, you’re advised not to have a flu vaccination. Speak to your GP if you’re unsure.

Can I book for other people? 

You can book flu vaccination appointments for up to four people. You will all attend the same appointment and your group will need to arrive at the pharmacy at the same time. 

Please note: 

  • If any other people in your booking are aged 18 or over, you will need to have their consent to book the appointment on their behalf. 
  • If anyone in your booking is under 18, you will need to provide their legal guardian’s details and they must be accompanied to the appointment by their legal guardian. 

Can I book for other people if I’m not getting the flu vaccine? 

Yes, you can book for other people if you’re not getting a vaccine. We will ask for your details and contact information to manage the booking.  

What if I need to cancel my appointment? 

We’ll send you an appointment confirmation email with an option to cancel online. If you've booked an appointment for multiple people with different email addresses and would like to cancel all of the appointments, you will need to do so from each confirmation email.

Or, if you'd prefer the email will also contain contact details for the pharmacy. Please call the pharmacy as soon as you can to let them know if you can’t make it to your appointment. They’ll be able to help you if you need to reschedule. 

Find out more about flu

What is flu?

Flu is an illness caused by an infection from the influenza virus. The virus infects your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. 

Flu is highly contagious and spreads easily between people, particularly in winter as the influenza virus lives and grows best in cold and dry conditions. 

What are the symptoms of flu?

Flu can cause symptoms similar to a cold, but they tend to come on faster and can be more severe. Symptoms will vary for each person, but common flu symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • persistent, dry cough
  • chills and sweats
  • high temperature (fever)
  • aching muscles
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite 
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling and being sick.

Is flu dangerous?

Most people recover from flu in around one week without any complications. 

However, flu can be more serious for some people. It can also cause dangerous complications, like pneumonia and heart problems, and can be fatal in severe cases. 

People who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill with flu include:

  • adults over 65
  • children under five
  • pregnant women
  • people with a long-term medical condition, like diabetes, heart or lung disease 
  • people with a weakened immune system, for example due to chemotherapy or HIV
  • people who are frequently exposed to flu, like healthcare workers.

If you have flu symptoms and you're at risk of becoming seriously ill or your symptoms don't improve after seven days, call 111 or visit NHS 111 online.

How does the flu vaccine work?

Getting the flu vaccine is an effective way to protect yourself and others from flu. It’s given as a single injection, usually into your upper arm. 

The vaccine helps your immune system produce antibodies that protect against the influenza virus. If you do get flu after having the vaccine, you will usually experience milder symptoms and recover quicker.

It can take between 10 and 14 days for the vaccine to start working.

Why do I need a flu jab every year?

The virus that causes flu rapidly mutates and evolves into new strains. Each year, experts from organisations like the World Health Organization identify which strains pose the greatest risk in the upcoming flu season, and a vaccine is developed to protect against those strains before each flu season starts.

How can I help protect my business from flu?

We also offer a corporate flu jab service. Learn more.

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Have you had your pneumonia vaccine?

Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition (swelling) in one or both lungs, usually caused by a bacterial infection. It can also be caused by a virus like flu or coronavirus. 20,000 pneumonia cases are reported in the UK each year.

Anyone can get pneumonia but it's more common and can be more serious in people over 65, babies and people with long-term health conditions. Our pneumonia vaccination service is available all year round.

Learn more