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Asda offers winter flu jab in store for just £8

A nurse gives a flu jab Asda customers can book their winter flu jab from today in one of our in-store pharmacies – for the bargain price of £8.

Trained nurses will be giving the flu vaccination at all 169 in-store pharmacies across England and Wales on 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th October. We’re holding four times as many sessions as last year to cope with the expected increase in demand this year.

Medical centres and hospitals are already planning to cope with a second wave of swine flu after the number of cases in Britain almost doubled last week. And new regulations require Hajj pilgrims to provide proof of vaccination before entering Mecca.

John Evans, Chief Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda, comments: "Although there is heightened awareness and concerns around swine flu, people shouldn’t undermine the severity of seasonal flu which infects between 5 and 20 per cent of the population each year.

“We have increased the number of vaccination clinics this year and offering the flu jab for just £8 means many more people, who do not qualify for a free NHS jab, will be able to benefit from being safeguarded from seasonal flu this winter.”

Last year, family doctors and nurses administered around 13 million seasonal influenza shots. The NHS offers the flu vaccination free of charge to elderly people or those who have long-term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. However, many more people who do not qualify for a free jab will also want the vaccination. Other retailers are charging more for the vaccine – Boots charge £12.99 and Tesco and Morrisons £10.

To make an appointment simply phone or visit your nearest in-store Asda pharmacy. Details of stores with pharmacies and phone numbers can be found at Asda’s store locator here.

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Thanks to our customers’ feedback on this story, we’ve now arranged for the flu questionnaire to be made available online. To download it and complete it prior to your visit, click here.

Posted in News & Blogs on 22 September 2009