Tesco Pharmacy, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK, through their “Helping you to live healthier” Partnership, have joined forces to encourage more people to protect themselves and their families, and continue to do their bit for the NHS, by getting the flu jab.
For people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be deadly. The flu jab was associated with a 50% reduction in mortality during flu season for people living with type 2 diabetes, according to research carried out over a seven-year period .
For people with heart and circulatory diseases, having the flu vaccine cuts the risk of a heart attack by 27% and of dying by 25% . Data shows that in the winter of 2019/20, there were around 6,600 excess deaths from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK, with flu likely to be a contributing factor .
To help more people access the vaccination, Tesco Pharmacy is operating an online booking system so customers can book a slot at a time that suits them. With longer opening hours than many GP surgeries and high-street pharmacies, customers can get vaccinated at a time that fits around their schedule including evenings and weekends or even combine it with their weekly shop.
The flu jab can be booked online now and is available in Tesco Pharmacy stores from September. It’s free for groups that are eligible for a free NHS flu jab, and is available for £9 for those who are not.
The safety of colleagues and customers remains Tesco’s number one priority and there are extensive Covid-19 safety and social distancing measures in place to ensure that customers feel safe while using this service. The flu jab will be given by a Tesco Pharmacist in a private consultation room that is cleaned before each appointment.