We now have limited supply of the flu vaccine for all age groups.
To make a booking, please call us on 9304 0500 and ask that you want the flu shot.
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Influenza, known as the flu, can be a very serious disease.
Last year, Australia suffered from the worst flu season since 2009.
The high level of activity in the community resulted in a lot of people taking time off work. There was a significant burden on hospitals, with more than twice the number of people with influenza being admitted than is typical.
The flu vaccine is your best shot at stopping the flu.
Attend one of our dedicated flu shot clinics and protect yourself from the flu. Sessions last only 5 minutes!
Your consultation will be bulk billed, while the cost of the vaccine is $15 (unless you’re eligible for a free vaccine – see eligibility below).
The only way to make a booking for these special clinics is by calling 9304 0500.
The flu is caused by a virus that can infect your nose, throat and sometimes lungs. It spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact, such as kissing and sharing food and drink.
Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion while children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches.
Symptoms can last for a week or more. When severe, complications such as pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes death.
Vaccination experts recommend that everyone over six months old get vaccinated to reduce their chance of getting the flu.
Every year the flu vaccine changes to match the flu virus that is most likely to be around during the flu season. Getting vaccinated every year is the best way of preventing the flu and any associated illness.
Getting vaccinated from as early as April gives you and your children the best protection ready for the peak flu period, from around June to September.
The vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for people who are more likely to be affected by complications from the flu. This includes:
For everyone else, the cost of the flu vaccine is $15.
This year, there are two new vaccines available to provide better protection for people aged 65 and over. Speak to your doctor to find out more about receiving one of the new vaccines.
All flu vaccines are age-specific. Let your doctor know the age of your child before they get their flu vaccine. This will make sure they receive the correct dose and brand.
Common side effects may happen within one to two days after the vaccination. These include soreness, redness, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, muscle aches and low fever. These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, normally without any treatment.
The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.
For more information about the flu in 2018, please read the fact sheet.
To attend a bulk-billed flu shot clinic, please call 9304 0500. This is the only way to make a booking for these special clinics.
To make a regular appointment (during which you can get the flu shot), you can book how you normally would – on our website, on the Appointuit app, via Facebook or by calling 9304 0500.
Remember to get your flu shot early for your best chance of beating the flu!
Source: Department of Health
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.