LloydsPharmacy is reporting a surge in demand for flu vaccines this winter as people register their interest up to three weeks earlier than usual. Total registrations for flu the vaccine increased by over 1,100% in the launch week on the LloydsPharmacy website, alongside a 303% traffic increase to their flu information pages.
Last year was already a record-breaking year for the flu vaccine roll-out, with the NHS reporting that uptake in over 65s was the highest on record. LloydsPharmacy also distributed a record number of NHS and private vaccines during the 2019/2020 season, which was a 60% increase on the previous year.
However, as the pandemic continues it seems the public are more concerned than ever about protecting their health. Of those that have registered their interest online at LloydsPharmacy, 58% are eligible for the free NHS vaccine, therefore in high-risk groups.
Following high vaccine uptake and social distancing, reported cases of flu in the UK last year were significantly lower than usual. However, Deep Patel, LloydsPharmacy’s Vaccination Services Manager predicts that this year we may see an increase in cases:
“Due to restrictions in global travel, social distancing and the wearing of masks, last year we had much fewer incidences of flu. Yet, if the lockdown rules continue to relax in the UK, it is very likely that we’ll see much greater levels of transmission of the influenza virus this winter and therefore many more cases.”
Pre-pandemic, on average 10,000 people were reported to die from the flu each year in England and Wales, therefore it’s vital to get your vaccination if you are at risk.
Deep continues to advise why early registration is an important part of the vaccine roll-out: “Registering your interest now will help us and the NHS plan for the vaccine roll-out, understanding and meeting anticipated demand.”
As well as high demand for the flu vaccine, LloydsPharmacy has also seen a 60% increase in traffic to their pneumonia page, another common winter illness, which can be a side effect of severe flu. The NHS does advise that people aged over 65, those with underlying health conditions, and individuals at occupational risk should consider getting a vaccine against pneumococcal infections too.
About LloydsPharmacy’s Flu Vaccination Service 2021/2022
Customers can currently register for both NHS and private flu vaccines online at LloydsPharmacy. Once appointments become available at the beginning of August, customers will be contacted to book an available slot at their community pharmacy, with appointments available from September.
Customers at higher risk from flu and coronavirus will be eligible for a free NHS vaccine via LloydsPharmacy. This includes people over 50, those with underlying health conditions, frontline health or social care workers and those who are pregnant.
Anyone over 18 but not in a high-risk group can still book a flu appointment at their local LloydsPharmacy too.
For more information, visit: www.lloydspharmacy.com/pages/flu-vaccination
LloydsPharmacy is also looking at ways they can support the NHS roll-out of COVID booster vaccinations this winter, alongside their flu vaccination service.