Boots, Asda, Tesco and many more offer the flu jab, although the cost can vary greatly. We reveal the cheapest places in the UK to get the vaccine and explain how some people can even get it for free on the NHS.
It's easy to find a cheap or even a free flu jab if you know where to look.
Three million more people were offered free flu jabs last year alone, driven by an expansion in the childhood vaccination programme.
If you aren't eligible for a free flu jab, it's still possible to get one and could well be worth its relatively low cost.
Plus, it's possible to get a discount if you get yours done early.
The flu jab protects against the four main strains of the virus, which can change every year.
Getting the 2019 flu vaccine for free
You can get the flu jab for free on the NHS from your local doctor, as long as one of the following applies:
- You are aged 65 or over;
- You are pregnant;
- You are a health or social care worker working in long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility;
- You suffer from a health condition like severe asthma or diabetes (consult with your doctor to find out if you're eligible);
- You care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill;
- Your child is over the age of six months with a long-term health condition;
- Your child is aged two or three years old or is in primary school
You can get your jab at your GP surgery, a local pharmacy that offers the service or through your midwifery service if you are a pregnant woman.
Also, ask your employer. It's possible that they provide free flu jabs to lower the number of sick days caused by flu.
Where to get a cheap flu jab
If you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, you can pay a small fee to get the jab at certain pharmacies. Here’s where to go and how much it will cost.
We’ve focused on the national outlets offering the flu vaccine although your local independent pharmacy may also offer it for less, so it's worth checking there as well.
Asda has a pharmacy service in 255 stores nationwide. Its flu jab costs £7, making it the cheapest option outside the NHS.
Unfortunately, the flu jab isn't yet available and a spokesperson told us there is no confirmed date of when it will be available. We'll update this article when they do finally roll it out for 2019.
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You will need to go through a consultation with the pharmacist beforehand.
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Lloyds Pharmacy is offering flu jabs for £11.50.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, you cannot book a flu vaccination online with Lloyds Pharmacy, although you can get it by visiting your nearest pharmacy.
It’s advisable to ring ahead to check availability.
You can find your nearest one via this section of the Lloyds website.
Superdrug is charging from £9.99 for the flu jab, which is available from 23 September.
It could cost you more for the flu jab if you need more than one dose and it’s recommended you check availability in advance with your local pharmacy.
Superdrug offers a walk-in service at its stores that have a pharmacy, or you can call your local Superdrug pharmacy.
The flu jab at Tesco costs £9 and is available at selected Tesco pharmacies – from around 370 stores from 16 September.
Over 65s can get the jab from 16 September but those under the age of 65 seeking the private jab will have top wait until 30 September.
You can find your nearest Tesco Pharmacy using this tool on the Tesco website but be sure to phone and check they're offering the vaccine.
Should you be planning to do a shop while you're at Tesco, make sure you read our top tips to save every time.
This article is regularly updated
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