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Selected Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies** are providing free flu vaccinations to eligible* adults.

You can book your flu vaccination by contacting your local Lincolnshire Co-op Pharmacy, click here to find your nearest.

**Flu vaccines are not available at Horncastle, Monks Road, Rookery Lane and Nettleham pharmacies.

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
  • 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 frontline health and social care worker
  • you are a worker employed through direct payments and/or personal health budgets to deliver domiciliary care

Find out more about who is eligible on the NHS website.

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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.

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.

*Stock levels may vary. Contact your nearest participating pharmacy for information.