NHS flu jabs now available from Lancashire local community pharmacies
Local community pharmacy teams in Lancashire have now began offering free NHS flu jabs as part of the first ever national pharmacy vaccination scheme. This will make it easier than ever to get a flu jab.
All adults aged 65 years and over, and those aged 18 years or over and in clinical risk groups, can receive a free of charge NHS flu jab at community pharmacies across Lancashire, often without the need for an appointment. People in at-risk groups include pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions including asthma and diabetes.
Some pharmacists have offered flu jabs privately and as part of the local Lancashire NHS scheme in the past, but this is the first time that a national service has been agreed. Pharmacists will be using the same vaccination as those offered by GPs and they will be required to notify GPs when they have vaccinated people.
Dr Sakthai Karunanthi, Director for Public Health for Lancashire County Council, said:
“Community pharmacy provision of NHS flu vaccinations means many eligible adult patients will have greater access to this service. Many people may choose pharmacy because they are unable to attend GP clinics due to factors such as their work hours and because they can visit pharmacies in a variety of locations and without the need to book an appointment.”
If you have visited your local community pharmacy you can review the service you received here. This information will be shared anonymously with those who manage and run pharmacy services in Lancashire.