What is new this year?

This year, there is the vaccine available as an intranasal spray as well as an intra-muscular injection. This intranasal vaccine is recommended for all children aged 2 to <18.

Due to COVID-19 we will only be administering the Flu vaccination to people who have made an appointment.

You can book an appointment now in participating stores so call today to ensure you don’t miss out.


How much does this service cost

The price of the Flu vaccination varies based on your age and your medical history. Please ask your local LloydsPharmacy team if you are eligible for a Free Vaccination.

How does the service work in 2020?

  • Appointment only

    This year you should book your appointment either by calling your local LloydsPharmacy or by popping in when next passing to ensure you have a slot allocated.

  • Complete Questionnaire

    There is a short questionnaire you need to complete, and it is best that this is done in advance of your flu vaccination. Your local Lloydspharmacy will give you the leaflet to complete in advance or you can download it from our website. It is best this is handed in to the pharmacy in advance of your flu vaccination to reduce the amount of time required in Pharmacy during your Flu vaccination appointment. You can download the form below.

  • Free from Symptoms

    On the day of your appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST cancel or rebook. When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked a short series of questions to confirm that you do not have any symptoms and that you are not a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case.

  • Face masks

    You should also be on your own when coming for your appointment (unless you are accompanying a child aged under 16) and wear a face covering.

  • Dress appropriately

    When it comes to preparing for your appointment, you should bring your own pen for any paperwork and wear appropriate clothing for a vaccination to be administered to your upper arm.

  • Arrive on time

    If you arrive too early you may be asked to return closer to your allotted time.

  • Social distancing

    You may be asked to wait in an allocated waiting area to maintain social distancing.

  • Children

    For children getting the vaccination, you should bring something to distract them and talk about face coverings beforehand, so they aren’t unfamiliar on the day.

  • Speak slowly and clearly

    During the appointment you will be asked to speak slowly and clearly when wearing a face covering so the pharmacist has the accurate information needed.

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    Once you are happy, the pharmacist will administer the vaccine, this is a quick and relatively painless procedure. Afterwards, you will be asked to remain in the pharmacy for 15 mins to make sure everything went well.

     

    Who should receive the Flu Vaccine?

    While everyone should consider getting a flu vaccine, it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated:

    • Persons aged 65 years and older;
    • Persons with a chronic illness requiring regular follow up, e.g. chronic respiratory disease (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma and bronchopulmonary dysplasia), chronic heart disease (including acute coronary syndrome), chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, haemoglobinopathies, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease (including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system);
    • Those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non-functioning spleens;
    • All cancer patients;
    • Patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function, e.g. spinal cord injury, seizure disorder or other neuromuscular disorder;
    • Persons with Down syndrome;
    • Those with morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index over 40;
    • All pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy);
    • Healthcare workers;
    • Household contacts of at-risk persons;
    • Out-of-home care givers to at-risk persons
    • Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions;
    • Carers;
    • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl.
    • Those likely to transmit influenza to a person at high risk for influenza complications.
    • Household contacts of at-risk persons

    *please speak to your pharmacist for more information

    Who should NOT get the vaccine?

    • Persons with a history of severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents
    • People with egg allergy must see their GP in order to be vaccinated
    • Vaccination should be postponed if you have a temperature greater than 38 °C
    • Vaccination is contraindicated for persons taking more than one combination checkpoint inhibitors (checkpoint inhibitor therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy, please discuss with your pharmacist).
    • The intranasal vaccine is contraindicated in:
      • - Those currently experiencing an acute exacerbation of asthma symptoms
      • - Persons who regularly require oral steroids for the treatment of asthma
      • - Pregnancy
      • - Children who live with severely immunosuppressed persons
      • - Persons with significant immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

Keeping you safe in store

During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacists can provide services, care and advice to you safely. Here are some of the things we are doing to keep you safe.

We're providing the service in line with the Government guidance on social distancing.

Our colleagues will be wearing PPE.

We will be aiming to limit the time you spend in contact with our pharmacists in our consultation room.

We will clean the consultation room before and after every appointment.