Getting the flu vaccine is a great idea. Maybe you are worried about catching the flu, or you are concerned about having time off work. Or maybe you just want to make sure you do not pass it on to the more vulnerable members of your family. Whatever the reason, having the flu vaccine against this year’s strain of seasonal flu can give you protection and peace of mind. Waterbeach Pharmacy offers NHS and private flu vaccine in Cambridge.
The importance of the flu vaccine
The significance of flu vaccination lies in the fact that, although flu is disagreeable for the majority of individuals, it can pose a risk and potentially be life-threatening for certain individuals, especially those with specific health conditions.
The optimal period for receiving your flu vaccination is during autumn or early winter, before the onset of flu transmission. However, it is still possible to obtain your vaccine at a later time.
The NHS flu vaccine is eligible for:
– Adults who are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
– People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
– Pregnant women
– People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
– Frontline health or social care workers
Please note that eligibility criteria for the NHS flu vaccine may change based on the guidelines set by the NHS. The information provided here is accurate as of the time of writing and is subject to updates according to NHS guidelines.
If you do not qualify for a free NHS flu vaccine we can still provide you with a private flu vaccination for £20, and this applies to both under and over 50s.
Who shouldn’t have the vaccine?
Most people can have a flu vaccine. However, there are a couple of exceptions:
If you are currently unwell with a fever, you should delay getting the flu vaccine.
If you have an egg allergy, speak to your GP or pharmacist before getting the jab.
Please speak to our pharmacy team about eligibility for getting the flu vaccine in Cambridge.