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Flu vaccinations

Flu 2022

We're running community flu vaccination clinics that are providing free flu vaccinations to eligible* adults.

You can book online at your nearest community venue. Find your nearest below.


A flu vaccine is the most effective way to avoid flu and help to protect yourself.

Flu is a highly infectious virus which affects your respiratory tract – your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include headache, high fever, chills, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and a dry cough.

A flu vaccination is the best defence available, providing up to 90% protection.

The vaccine contains a viral protein that enables your immune system to make antibodies. These protect it against the strains of the flu virus predicted by the World Health Organisation as the most likely to hit the UK. Protection develops a week after receiving the vaccination.

*You are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination if:

  • you’re aged 50 or over after 15th October as per NHS requirements
  • have chronic respiratory disease such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis.
  • have lung disease
  • have chronic heart disease
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease (stage 3, 4 or 5)
  • have chronic liver disease
  • have chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • have a learning disability
  • you are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment
  • you have Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • are morbidly obese
  • you are pregnant
  • you’ve had a stroke
  • you are living in long-stay residential or nursing homes or other long-stay health or social care facilities
  • you are a carer or hospice worker
  • have close contact to immunocompromised individuals
  • you are a worker employed through direct payments and/or personal health budgets to deliver domiciliary care

Horncastle

Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

    Woodhall Spa

    Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

    North Hykeham Clinic 1

    Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

      Boston

      Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

        Louth

        Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

        Spilsby

        Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

        Ermine, Lincoln

        Booking closed- please contact your local branch.

          Wybers Wood

          • Address: Wybers Wood Primary School, Timberley Drive, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN37 9QZ
          • Date: Friday 7th October 2022
          • Booking link: Click here to book your vaccine

          Grantham

          Gainsborough

          Boultham, Lincoln

          Metheringham

          Ruskington

          Westcliffe

          Birchwood

            Holbeach

            • Address: Holbeach Community Centre, 46-74 Fishpond Ln, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7DQ
            • Date: Friday 21st October 2022
            • Booking link: Click here to book your vaccine

            North Hykeham Clinic 2

            • Address: North Hykeham Memorial Hall, 317 Newark Rd, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9RY
            • Date: Friday 21st October 2022
            • Booking link: Click here to book your vaccine

            Please make sure you follow the booking all the way through to ensure your slot is booked.

            If you are unable to book through our online booking system, please contact your local Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy where one of our colleagues will be more than happy to help book you into a community venue.

            Click here to find your local pharmacy.

            If you are unable to contact your local pharmacy, you can contact our booking line on 01522 880 080 and our colleagues will assist you.


            Commonly asked questions:

            The flu virus is very infectious, so if there is an outbreak, it can be hard to avoid unless you have natural immunity to it.

            The flu vaccine is the best defence available against the flu, providing up to 90% complete protection. Hand washing and trapping coughs and sneezes in a tissue, and then binning the tissue, will also help avoid the spread of infection.

            NO! The vaccine contains no live flu virus so it is impossible for it to give you the flu.

            The vaccine contains viral protein that enables your immune system to make antibodies. These protect it against the strains of the virus predicted by the World Health Organisation as the most likely to hit the UK.

            Protection develops about a week after receiving the vaccine.

            Discomfort is minimal but occasionally slight soreness at the injection site, or a slight temperature or headache 24 hours after the jab may be experienced. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon.

            No, the viruses that cause colds are different from the ones that cause flu.

            Yes, no matter how fit and healthy the individual is, they can end up in bed with the flu.

            No. The flu virus is constantly changing, so each year the vaccine is slightly different.

            A small number of patients may not be suitable for the flu vaccination. The pharmacist will provide full advice during your consultation prior to undertaking the vaccination.

            Flu vaccination is important because:

            • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
            • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
            • it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

            If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu.

            (Source: NHS.UK - Flu vaccine - NHS www.nhs.uk)

            Yes, but it focuses its effort on specific groups such as the over 65s. Healthy working adults only receive a flu vaccine if provided by their employer or if they choose to pay for it privately.

            Influenza is a family of viruses which affect humans, pigs and birds, producing the illnesses “flu”. Swine flu and Bird Flu are variants.

            A flu epidemic is when a high proportion of people get influenza, often as a result of a significant change in the flu virus. A flu pandemic occurs when a major change to the flu virus emerges, for which worldwide, patients have little defence.

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