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A flu vaccine is the most effective way to avoid flu and we can help you 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.

To have your flu vaccination administered by our fully trained pharmacists for only £9.95, visit your local participating Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy.

If you’re an eligible adult* you can get your flu vaccination for free through the NHS flu vaccination service. Just visit one of our participating pharmacies:




    *You are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination if you are pregnant, have asthma or lung disease, over 65, chronic heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney or liver condition, you’ve had a stroke, have an illness or are taking medicines that lower your natural defences. Additionally if you are a carer, health care worker or live in a residential care home.

    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.

    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.

    Yes, this year’s Flu vaccine will contain the H1N1 Swine Flu variant as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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