How much does it cost?
The cost of the flu vaccination is $22.95
You are eligible to receive a free Flu Vaccine each year if you are:
- 65 years and over (a special enhanced quadrivalent vaccine is supplied)
- People aged 6 months and over with medical risk conditions.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander from 6 months of age.
- Children aged 6 months old to less than 5 years. Please be aware that if they have not had a flu shot before then they may need 2 shots (1 month apart).
Please note that the free vaccinations are not supplied via pharmacies.
Did you receive the Flu Vaccine in 2021? Did you catch the Flu last year?
The 2021 flu season was at an all time low likely in part due to Covid-19 hygiene behaviours, social distancing measures and restrictions in place to curb Covid-19 spread. Despite this it is still as important as ever to get your Flu Jab, as both the natural boost to immunity from the seasonal flu may be lowered and Australians had a much lower flu vaccine uptake last season, with only 33.3% of us receiving it.
It is impossible to know when global and local restrictions ease and the impact that will have.
Can I have my Flu vaccine at the same time as my COVID-19 vaccine?
It is currently not recommended to have the 2 vaccines together, they should be given at least 7 days apart.
Having the flu vaccine continues to be the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications.
The vaccination may not always prevent you from becoming unwell but it can still help to reduce the severity and/or duration of influenza. It may also potentially prevent further serious complications, including pneumonia and going to hospital.
Vaccination is recommended for anyone who may transmit influenza to children or adults at increased risk of influenza complications (e.g. parents of children with medical conditions and healthcare workers) and those traveling during the influenza season.
Vaccination is the most effective protection against the Flu.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who will give me my Flu Vaccination?
Your Flu Vaccination will be given by one of our trained staff; Clair, Chris, or Hanine. There is no need to see a doctor to get a script first, the vaccine will be administered in-store in a safe and professional environment.
Who can be vaccinated at Blue Cross Pharmacy?
Blue Cross Pharmacy flu vaccination service is for individuals 10 years of age and older. The Pharmacist will assess you on the day to make sure the Flu Vaccination is suitable.
Will it hurt?
Yes, but only a little bit. You may have a sore arm and redness for a day or two afterwards.
Does the flu vaccine give you the flu?
There is no live virus in the flu vaccine, so you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
I had the flu vaccine last year, do I need to get it this year?
It is important to get the vaccination every year, as the virus changes each year. In addition, the protection from the previous year’s vaccination diminishes over time.
The 2022 vaccine recommended for under 65 years old is a quadrivalent vaccine, protecting against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The over 65 year old recommendation is a specifically designed quadrivalent vaccine that produces a higher immune response.
When should I get the Flu Vaccine?
The best time to get vaccinated is from April to May, before peak flu season which usually occurs between June and September. Protection from the Flu Vaccine does not occur immediately, it can take approximately two to three weeks.
How long will the appointment take?
We ask that you allow 20 minutes for your vaccination as you must remain for 15 minutes afterwards to observe for any adverse reaction to the injection.
Are there any side effects to the flu vaccine?
Most side effects are very mild and short term (normally lasting no more than 48 hours).
They may include drowsiness or tiredness, muscle aches, localised pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, an injection-site lump (a nodule that may last many weeks but needs no treatment) and low-grade temperature (fever).
Very rarely an allergic (anaphylactic) reaction may occur to the vaccine. Blue Cross Pharmacy is located adjacent to Blue Cross Medical Centre so that if there are any concerns after the administration of the vaccine, there are Doctors and Nurses on site ready to assist.
Are you able to let my GP know that I have received the vaccine?
Yes, we are required by law to notify your nominated GP. Your vaccination record will also be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your Medicare card as we need this number to upload your record into the Australian Immunisation Register.
You can book an appointment at https://blue-cross-pharmacy.pharmacybookings.com.au
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