Supermarket chain Asda has reported a 700 per cent rise in flu vaccination sales in the last two weeks and as a result has today reduced the price of the product to £7.
Asda’s flu vaccinations are now by far the cheapest compared to rival retailers Boots, Tesco and Lloydspharmacy, and the Walmart-owned grocer has increased its number of in-store clinics to deal with demand.
NHS Direct has seen a huge surge in cold weather related illness over the last two weeks and family doctors and nurses are likely to administer even more than the 14 million seasonal influenza shots given to patients last year.
Huge rises in infections and illness across the UK have led to record weekly sales of cough and cold products at Superdrug.
In the last week the health & beauty retailer sold just under half a million packs of cough and cold products, representing a 46 per cent increase on the same period last year.
Melanie Wilson, Superdrug’s Head of Health, commented: “It’s no surprise to see an increase in cough and cold during the winter, but this has been our biggest selling week in the last four years.”
Superdrug will be price-matching Asda’s flu-jabs come the new year, also offering the treatment at £7 per dose.
Cough medicines have been the biggest seller at Superdrug in the last week rising 72 per cent year-on-year, as an increasing number of people find winter sickness a pain in the neck.