As winter approaches, many will surely wonder about a possible ‘twindemic’.
The term gives a name to the potential scenario of a particularly nasty winter flu season, as Covid-19 continues to travel through the population – which could impact millions.
Chief medical adviser for UKHSA, Dr Susan Hopkins, recently warned: ‘There are strong indications we could be facing the threat of widely circulating flu, lower levels of natural immunity due to less exposure over the last three winters, and an increase in Covid-19 circulating with lots of variants that can evade the immune response.
‘This combination poses a serious risk to our health, particularly those in high-risk groups.’
Therefore, many will be keen to find out how to get their flu jab to protect from influenza – and if they’re not entitled to a free vaccine on the NHS, where to pay for it privately.
Here’s all you need to know – including where is offering the cheapest flu jab for 2022.
Am I entitled to a free flu jab on the NHS?
People over 65 (or over 50 as of mid-October), carers, people in care, pregnant women, and frontline healthcare workers can all receive the flu jab on the NHS.
Anyone with illnesses such as a heart condition, heart failure, asthma, diabetes, a weakened immune system, kidney disease, liver disease or has a BMI over 40 should also be eligible.
Find out if you are on the NHS website – and you can also book your jab here.
If you’re ineligible, either speak to your GP or pop to one of the below places that offers the vaccine for a small fee.
Where can you pay for a flu jab – and where is cheapest?
At £9.98, Asda’s flu jab is currently the cheapest option we could find.
Additionally, Asda Rewards members will receive £1 into their cash pot on the app, if they book a private flu jab at one of the supermarket’s 254 pharmacies for before October 23.
People who are aged 12 and over, and in good health, can use the service, Asda’s website says.
Appointments can be booked in store or online, seven days a week – your local Asda Pharmacy may have a walk-in clinic, too.
Find out more on Asda’s website
A private flu jab at popular UK pharmacy Boots costs £16.99 this year.
The service is available for people aged 16 or over, though selected stores (mostly in England, though a few in Wales and one in Scotland) will provide private jabs for 11 to 15 year olds.
You can book your appointment online, and for many Boots store there’ll be appointment options on weekdays and weekends – subject to availability.
Find out more on Boots Pharmacy’s website
It costs £15 to get a private flu shot at Kamsons.
The chain, which operates more than 70 pharmacies throughout the UK, has a vaccine programme for influenza running from September to March, and also gives free NHS jabs at its stores.
You can book online, or contact your local pharmacy for further information.
Find out more on Kamsons Pharmacy’s website
Lloyds Pharmacy also offers private flu jabs for £16.00
You are able to book online now, and can also book in for a free jab if you are eligible.
Keep in mind that, if you live nearby a Sainsbury’s in-store pharmacy, it will be independently run by Lloyds.
Find out more on Lloyds Pharmacy’s website
Private flu jabs from Morrisons Pharmacy are believed to cost around £10.
To learn more or book your jab, visit your local supermarket’s pharmacy counter. There does not appear to be an online booking systems for Morrisons at this time.
Find out more from Morrisons’ winter flu jab leaflet
At Superdrug, you’ll pay £15.99 for a private flu jab.
You can either walk-in to your nearest Superdrug Pharmacy or book online to get a vaccine appointment, with a range of available days and times.
Interestingly, Superdrug has noted the type of flu jab it will offer this year (as there are several) – it’s the ‘quadrivalent’ vaccine, which it says ‘protects against the four most common strains of the flu this flu season’.
Find out more on Superdrug’s website
This year, £11 is the price you’ll pay for a flu jab at a Tesco Pharmacy.
Tesco’s flu jab service is available to customers aged 12 and over, and it says you’ll be provided with ‘a simple, convenient and safe in-store service via our pharmacy consultation rooms’.
You can book online – but the service is subject to availability, while stocks last.
Find out more on the Tesco website
Last but not least is Well Pharmacy, which charges £15 for flu jabs.
Those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can book their vaccinations online via a booking service, but people in Scotland should speak to their local pharmacy to sort an appointment.
Like most places, Well Pharmacy also offers the free NHS jab, requiring proof of eligibility, such as proof of age or a reminder letter.
Find out more on Well Pharmacy’s website
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