FLU season is upon is and if you’re prone to getting the dreaded bug then you might be thinking about booking your flu jab.
The flu jab is a safe and effective shot that is offered every year on the NHS and through high street pharmacies such as Boots to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill.
More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
While some people are eligible to get the flu jab free on the NHS you can also pay for it privately through pharmacies such as Boots for £14.99.
People who are 50 and over, who have certain health conditions and are pregnant are eligible for a free flu jab through the NHS.
Boots also offers the free flu jab in most of its pharmacies for people who are eligible.
Boots kicked off its winter flu-jab service on September 17.
Between September and March 2022 it’s aiming to administer three times the number of flu jabs compared to the 2020-21 season.
Chief pharmacist at Boots, Marc Donavon advised people to book their flu jabs as soon as possible.
He said: “With low prevalence over the past months possibly leading to a drop in flu immunity among the population, vaccinating against flu is even more important than in previous years.
“You can help to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu by booking a vaccination appointment as early as possible.”
England’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said “we need to take this seriously and defend ourselves” by taking the vaccines when offered.
Marc added: “At Boots, we offer both NHS and private vaccines and are seeing a strong uptake in the flu jab this year. We have had over a million Winter Flu Jab bookings already but still do have booking slots available across the UK.”
First you need to visit the Boots winter flu page.
You then click the blue ‘book now’ button which will direct you to the next page where you can pick which nation you live in.
Once you have selected your nation, you will then be prompted to select your age group.
Depending on your answer, you might need to state whether or not you will turn 50 years old on or before 31st March 2022, as this will determine whether or not you are eligible for a free flu vaccine through the NHS.
You will also be asked if you are pregnant, and whether you have any of the following health conditions:
Some people can also experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea or joint and limb pain.
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