It's important you get the flu vaccine in 2022 as there could be higher levels of flu due to more social activity, travel and reduced use of face masks, but thankfully it should be easy enough to find a cheap or even free flu jab.
Last year, the UK Government offered millions more free flu jabs, including secondary school students up to Year 11.
Note that the flu jab protects against several of the main strains of the virus, which can change every year.
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How to get a free flu jab 2022
You can get a free flu vaccine on the NHS, as long as one of the following applies:
- You are aged 50 or over on 31 March 2023;
- You are pregnant;
- You are in primary school or secondary school (up to Year 11);
- You are in long-stay residential care;
- You are a health or social care worker employed by a registered residential care home, nursing home, hospice, or home care organisation;
- You suffer from a severe long-term health condition such as severe asthma or diabetes (consult with your doctor to find out if you're eligible);
- You receive a carer’s allowance or care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
If your child is between six months old and two years old and has a long-term health condition, or if they are two to three years old, they will be eligible for a free flu vaccine, as well as all primary school children.
Children between the ages of two and 17 with long-term health conditions are also eligible.
You'll also get a free flu jab if you’re an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker and may get one if you're a close contact of an immunocompromised individual.
You can get your jab at your GP surgery, a local pharmacy that offers the service or through your midwifery service if you are pregnant.
Also, ask your employer as it’s possible that they offer free flu jabs.
Where to get a cheap 2022 flu jab in the UK
If you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, you can pay to get the jab at certain pharmacies.
You can now book a flu jab at many pharmacies and it's worth booking as soon as possible if you need it.
In the past, several pharmacies and supermarkets had to restrict flu jab bookings due to high demand.
Below, we run through where you can go to get the jab and how much it will cost.
We’ve focused on the national outlets offering the flu vaccine, but your local independent pharmacy may also offer it for less, so it's worth checking there as well.
You’ll probably need a consultation with your pharmacist or GP before the jab is given.
If you’re planning a walk-in appointment, it’s worth calling the supermarket or pharmacy beforehand to check availability.
Cheap Asda flu jab 2022
Asda’s flu jab costs £9.98, up from £8 last year.
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Cheap Boots flu jab 2022
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Cheap Lloyds Pharmacy flu jab 2022
Lloyds Pharmacy recently cut the price of its private flu jab to £12 (down from £16.99), which is even lower than the price of its jab in 2021 (£14.99).
You can book your flu jab appointment online.
To find your nearest pharmacy, use the store locator.
Cheap Morrisons flu jab 2022
Morrisons has confirmed its flu jab will cost £10, up from £8 last year.
You can book an appointment in-store - use the store finder to find your nearest store.
Cheap Superdrug flu jab 2022
To find your nearest Superdrug, use the store locator.
Cheap Tesco flu jab 2022
To find your nearest Tesco, use the store locator.
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