Book or manage a free NHS flu vaccination at a pharmacy (2024)

Use this service to:

  • check if you need a vaccine
  • book a vaccine
  • check your existing appointment details
  • cancel your appointment

You can book a free flu vaccine online if you're over 18 and registered with a GP surgery in England.

You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

Important: Changes to flu vaccinations

You can no longer book a flu vaccination using this service.

The NHS will contact you from September 2024 if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible for a seasonal autumn flu vaccine.

Book over the phone

You can call 119 free of charge to book over the phone if you cannot book online.

You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing

You can use textphone 18001 or the NHS 119 British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter service if you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or if you are a BSL user.

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Page last reviewed: 15 December 2023
Next review due: 14 October 2025

Book or manage a free NHS flu vaccination at a pharmacy (2024)


Is NHS flu jab free? ›

You can book a free flu vaccine online if you're over 18 and registered with a GP surgery in England.

How to get the flu vaccine? ›

How to get the flu vaccine
  1. Adults can book their flu vaccination through their GP practice or local pharmacy, and some people may be offered their vaccinations directly by a local NHS service. ...
  2. If you're pregnant, you should contact your midwife, GP surgery or local pharmacy to find out where you can get a flu vaccine.

How much does a flu jab cost? ›

Private flu vaccination

If you are not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, we offer a private flu service which costs £18.00 (2023).

What are valid reasons to decline the flu shot? ›

6 reasons patients avoid flu vaccination
  • I'm healthy, so I don't need a flu vaccine. I'm healthy, so I don't need a flu vaccine. ...
  • The flu vaccine isn't safe and can give me the flu. ...
  • It is better to get sick with the flu. ...
  • I'll wait until flu hits my area. ...
  • I hate getting injections. ...
  • I was vaccinated last year.

What are the symptoms of the flu NHS? ›

Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and sometimes severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, and you can often get a cough and sore throat at the same time. Flu is caused by viruses and not bacteria, so antibiotics won't treat it.

How long does the flu vaccine last? ›

Yes, the flu shot wears off in about six months. The flu shot does not provide long-lasting protection, which is another reason we need to get one every year. When should I get a flu shot? We typically suggest getting the flu shot in the early fall, before the virus starts circulating in the community.

How much is flu vaccine shot? ›

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Are there any side effects from the senior flu shot? ›

Some side effects that may occur from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. The flu shot, like other injections, can occasionally cause fainting.

Can everyone get the flu vaccine? ›

Almost everybody can have the vaccine, but you should not be vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergy to the vaccine, or any of its ingredients. If you are allergic to eggs or have a condition that weakens your immune system, you may not be able to have certain types of flu vaccine – check with your GP.

How much is a flu jab in the US? ›

How Much Does a Flu Vaccine Cost?
Jan 9, 2024

Is it still worth it to get a flu shot? ›

Getting an influenza vaccine, though not 100% effective, is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older. The flu vaccine can lower your risk of getting the flu.

When is the best time to get the flu shot? ›

The recommended timing of vaccination is similar to last season. For most people who need only one dose for the season, September and October are generally good times to get vaccinated. Vaccination in July and August is not recommended for most adults but can be considered for some groups.

Why do people not want to take the flu vaccine? ›

Other reasons included thinking they do not need a flu vaccine, fear of getting sick, fear of side effects from vaccination, being allergic to the vaccine, and thinking that flu vaccination is not good for you.

How effective is the flu shot in 2024? ›

March 1, 2024 -- The vaccines for this flu season are 41% to 44% effective in preventing flu-related hospitalization in adults and 52% to 61% effective for children, according to estimates in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday.

Why is the flu shot not 100% effective? ›

Flu vaccines do NOT protect against infection and illness caused by other viruses that also can cause flu-like symptoms. There are many other viruses besides flu viruses that can result in flu-like illness* (also known as influenza-like illness or “ILI”) that spread during the flu season.

Can I pay for a flu vaccine in the UK? ›

People who are at highest risk of serious complications are offered a free flu vaccination on the NHS. Even if you're not in one of these groups, flu can make you feel extremely unwell for at least a week. You may be able to be able to protect yourself with a private (paid for) vaccine through your pharmacist.

Who is eligible for a free flu jab in Wales? ›

The annual flu vaccine is free on the NHS to: people aged 65 and over (age on 31 March 2024) people aged 6 months to 64 years who are at risk of complications from flu due to certain long term health conditions. people with a learning disability.

When is the best time to get a flu shot? ›

It takes up to two weeks to build immunity after a flu shot. You can benefit from the vaccine even if you don't get it until after the flu season starts. It's usually best for people in the United States to get the flu vaccine in September and October. Aim to get it by the end of October.

What are the side effects of the over 60 flu shot? ›

Flu vaccine side effects are generally mild and go away on their own within a few days. Some side effects that may occur from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue.

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