Flu jabs

  • When to get vaccinated: You can be vaccinated at any time during the flu season (September – March). The best time to get vaccinated is September – early November.
  • Course: One dose (children under 9 years old, who have not previously been vaccinated against influenza, will require a second booster dose which can’t be earlier than 4 weeks after the first dose).
  • Boosters: The flu jab is developed to protect against current common strains of the flu every year. You can have a flu jab every year.
  • How it is given: The flu jab is given as an injection in the upper arm, and protects against the most common strains of the virus.
  • Side effects: The flu jab can cause side effects, such as mild flu symptoms, but it is an inactive vaccine so can not cause flu itself. The injection can cause redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site.
  • Children: The flu jab is suitable for children over the age of six months. For young children please call to check availability with your local pharmacy first.

FREE NHS Flu Vaccine

You’re eligible for a FREE NHS flu vaccine if: You’re over 65. You’ve had a stroke. You’re pregnant. You have lung disease or asthma. You’re diabetic. You have chronic heart disease. You have a chronic kidney condition. You have a chronic liver condition. 

Council Flu Jabs

A safe, effective, annual influenza vaccination is available free of charge for groups who are at risk, including care/residential home; formal carers; health and social care workers and more.

Private Flu Jabs

Adults who are not eligible for a flu vaccine on the NHS can pay for a flu vaccination privately. It’s provided on a private patient basis.

The Flu Vaccination Winter 2019/2020

PDF: The Flu Vaccination Winter 2019/2020 guide. Find out who should have it and why

NHS Seasonal Flu Jabs at your local pharmacy - Information for patients

PDF: Find out about side effects, Seasonal flu jabs and more.

Our Services 

Flu jabs

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New Medication Service

New Medicine Service (NMS) If you're prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition for the first time, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your Darling's pharmacy.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the contraception you have used has failed – for example, a condom has split or you have missed a pill.

Online Prescriptions

You can now order your NHS repeat prescriptions online with Darling's. Ordering your NHS prescriptions online with Darling's takes the hassle out repeat prescriptions. 

Medicines Use Review

MUR is a planned face-to-face consultation between a pharmacist and a patient to discuss their medicines, both prescribed and non-prescribed.

Stop Smoking Service

Your Local Darling's Pharmacy can advise you of the products available to prevent your cravings and can signpost you to your nearest stop smoking service.

Monitored Dosage Systems

At Darling's Pharmacy we offer a Monitored Dosage System that can help patients who take a lot of different medications at different times of day.

"Think Pharmacy 1st" Minor Ailments Service

The "Think Pharmacy 1st" Minor Ailments Service aims to enable more patients to access NHS treatment and advice without requiring a GP or A&E.

Better Health Care is Our Mission

Free prescription ordering and delivery service covering the whole of South Tyneside

Darling’s Farnham

433 Stanhope Road
South Shields
NE33 4QY

0191 454 2161

Farnham Road

Darling’s Dean Road

88 Dean Road
South Shields
NE33 4AR

0191 454 3841

Dean Road

Darling’s Chichester

1 Stanhope Pde
South Shields
NE33 4BB

0191 455 4551

Galen Pharmacy

Gordon Street
South Shields
NE33 4JP

0191 455 5099