Flu Vaccination 2023/2024

When is the flu Vaccination available for 2023/2024

Our Flu vaccines will be delivered mid September so we are taking bookings from 18th Sept 2023 onwards.

(Please note NHS England has just announced that they want vaccines to be delivered in October  (Official Start Date 7th Oct) however they have confirmed that any bookings made for Sept can go ahead so if you have booked your appointment it will still go ahead)

What month is best to have a flu jab?

For the best protection, it’s recommended to get your flu jab in the early autumn, ideally as soon as possible in the season. This timing allows your body to build up immunity before the flu virus becomes more widespread in the community.

Should you get flu jab every year?

Yes, getting a flu jab (flu vaccination) every year is generally recommended by healthcare professionals, especially for those who are at higher risk of complications from the flu. The reason for this is that the influenza virus evolves and changes over time. New strains of the virus can circulate each flu season, which is why the vaccine is updated annually to provide protection against the most prevalent strains.

What are the side effects of the flu jab?

Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines tend to be given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:

  • a slightly raised temperature
  • muscle aches
  • sore arm where the needle went in

Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:

  • continue to move your arm regularly
  • take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends it

How long is the flu vaccine good for?

The protection provided by the flu vaccine can vary from person to person and from one flu season to the next. Generally, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness can last for several months, but it might begin to wane over time.

The flu vaccine is designed to provide protection against specific strains of the influenza virus that are expected to circulate during the flu season. However, the flu virus can mutate and change over time, which is why the vaccine needs to be updated annually to target the most prevalent strains.

For most individuals, the flu vaccine’s protection is thought to last for about 6 to 12 months. This is why it’s recommended to get a flu jab every year, ideally before the start of the flu season. The goal is to ensure that you have the most up-to-date protection against the latest strains of the virus.

Flu vaccinations are available at Lobley Hill Pharmacy and we are accepting bookings now. The pharmacy covers areas around Lobley Hill NE11 including:

GatesheadNE 9NE 11NE15
Metro CentreNE 10NE12NE16

We also offer vaccines at our Vaccination Sites at Monkseaton Methodist Church, Whitley Bay and Guidepost Scout HQ.

These sites cover   the following areas:

Monkseation Methodist Church     NE25, NE26, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Cullercoats, Tynemouth, Earsden, Seaton Deleval and surrounding areas.

Guidepost Scout HQ – NE62, Guidepost, NewBiggin by The Sea NE64 Bedlington NE22  and surrounding areas.