Flu Jabs

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Flu Vaccinations Price per dose
Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine £35
Quadrivalent Nasal Spray £40 £75 if prepaid
FluAd Trivalent Flu Jab £35
Flu Vaccine Type Suitable For Number of Doses required
Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Suitable for 6 months - 64 years 1 dose
Quadrivalent Nasal Spray Suitable for 2 - 18 years 2 doses initially, 1 dose annually thereafter
FluAd Trivalent Flu Jab Suitable for 65 year + 1 dose

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Flu Vaccinations

Flu is normally referred to as “just the flu” and most people don’t think of it as a serious illness but this is a dangerous misconception. Flu deaths vary each year but they tend to be significantly higher than people realise. Anyone can catch the flu and it can be highly unpredictable, sometimes leading to serious, life-threatening complications.

 

When we think of the flu in the UK, we are thinking of the Northern Hemisphere’s flu season which begins from late September until as late as March the following year. The flu jab offers the best protection against flu.

Flu Vaccinations become available during September each year Book Appointment From September

Should I get the flu jab every year?

Yes, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get the flu jab each year.

This is especially important for those who may have health concerns that put them at higher risk of health complications. The strains of flu in circulation change each year and so the previous year’s vaccine may not contain the current year’s dominant strains, therefore offering much less, if any, protection against the flu you could catch. Immunity to flu is not long-lasting and so an annual flu jab is essential for maximum protection.

When is the best time to get vaccinated?

Ideally you would want to be vaccinated prior to exposure to the flu virus.

Flu jabs take 14-21 days to reach maximum protection so the earlier you have your flu jab, the better protected you will be. Vaccinations become available at the end of September and we see a spike in interest during October and November.

What types of flu jabs do you offer?

We offer a wide range of flu jabs.

Quadrivalent flu jab; our standard offering. This is suitable for babies aged 6 months up until those aged 64 years.

FluAd Trivalent flu jab. This vaccine contains adjuvant which initiates a strong immune reaction and is the recommended flu vaccine for those aged 65 +.

Quadrivalent nasal jab; our needle-free offering. This is a pain-free child-friendly flu vaccine. It is only suitable for children aged 2 year – young adults aged 18 years.

We also have egg-free vaccinations available for those with allergies and/ or lifestyle preferences.

A flu jab offers the best protection against the flu

Can you vaccinate children?

Yes. Vaccinating children is important as it not only protects them but it stops them from spreading the flu virus.

Children are often referred to in the media as “super spreaders” for the disease. The flu jab can be given to babies from 6-months old but some parents opt for the nasal flu spray which is a needle-free alternative. The nasal spray can be given to children of 2 – 18 years.

I’m young and healthy, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Although vaccination protects the person who had the vaccine by building in antibodies, that is not their only purpose in society.

If the majority of a population is vaccinated, it offers protection to vulnerable people who either can’t get a flu vaccine or those in whom the flu vaccine is less effective. We should be thinking about how the flu jab helps the wider community we live in and to remember even healthy and young people can experience complications due to the flu.

I’m already wearing a mask and socially distancing. Why do I need a flu jab?

ask-wearing have contributed to the decline in respiratory conditions they have not suddenly disappeared.

The immunity for the flu in the population will have decreased due to less exposure and so overlapping layers of protection are important for maximum protection this year. We highly recommended that everyone continue to get a flu jab as done in previous years to build up their immunity and protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.

Book your flu jab online

Book Appointment

Flu Vaccinations Price per dose
Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine £35
Quadrivalent Nasal Spray £40 £75 if prepaid
FluAd Trivalent Flu Jab £35
Flu Vaccine Type Suitable For Number of Doses required
Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Suitable for 6 months - 64 years 1 dose
Quadrivalent Nasal Spray Suitable for 2 - 18 years 2 doses initially, 1 dose annually thereafter
FluAd Trivalent Flu Jab Suitable for 65 year + 1 dose

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

FAQS

During the 2020/2021 flu season the following strains included in the vaccinations are:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus or an A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus

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Flu jabs are very safe for pregnant women. If the mother has a flu vaccination in the second or third trimester, it confers protection to the newborn, making it not only safe and recommended for the month but also offers babies some protection against the virus. This is important because flu vaccinations are only suitable for babies from 6 months onwards.

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Yes, as you’ve never had the flu until you’ve had flu. Just because you have been fortunate to not have had the flu up until now doesn’t mean you will never get it. The vaccine won’t offer you 100% protection but if you do get sick, you’ll most likely have less severe symptoms. Not only that, but flu vaccinations offer protection to those you love, those you work with and those vulnerable in your wider community.

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Yes. At Fleet Street Clinic, we offer cell-based vaccines for those with severe egg or chicken protein allergies. It is a quadrivalent flu jab protecting against the same 4-strains as the standard quadrivalent flu jab.

Yes, although it tends to become available later in the season than the injectable flu jab. We start vaccinating against the flu from the end of September but usually get the nasal flu spray stock late October/ early November.

If you’re currently feeling sick/ unwell, it is best to wait until you are feeling better before getting vaccinated. Babies under 6-months should be vaccinated but we encourage mothers to get vaccinated whilst still pregnant so that some immunity can be passed on to the newborn during this time. Those with complex health needs or allergies to any ingredients within the flu jab should first speak with one of our GPs to determine if they are suitable for the flu jab.

The flu vaccine is not a live vaccine meaning you cannot get the flu from a flu jab. Most people have little to no side effects following vaccination. The most common side effect is a reaction at the injection site. This can be tenderness, redness and slight swelling. This usually clears up in a day or two and as the flu vaccine is generally given in a patient’s non-dominant arm, this doesn’t cause any issues. Other side effects may include, headache, muscle aches, low-grade fever and/ or nausea. Again these are short-lived, experienced for no longer than 1-2 days. Rest and paracetamol is usually advised. Serious side effects are extremely rare.