Flu Clinic Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER GETTING THE FLU VACCINE?
Influenza is a very contagious infection of the airways. It is especially serious for babies, people over 65 years of age and pregnant women. Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by influenza and helps reduce the spread of flu in our community.
I'm pregnant..can is still get a flu shot?
The vaccine provided is deemed safe for pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy and as of April 2020, our qualified pharmacists are now allowed to vaccinate pregnant women.
I'm OVER 65 - can i get my shot for free?
If you are over 65+ years of age you are entitled to a quadrivalent influenza vaccine fully funded by the Australian Government. Pharmacists are unable to provide you with a free flu shot as we can not bulk bill. We can give you a flu shot for $24.95. However, you will need to visit your GP if you would like your vaccination free of charge.
DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION?
During your appointment at your preferred Pharmacy Network store, a trained pharmacist will administer your flu vaccination if you are 10 or over and are well when you arrive for your appointment. No prior prescription is required and we will update the Australian Immunisation Register on your behalf.
CAN I STILL GET THE FLU?
No vaccine is 100% effective. However, evidence shows that the flu vaccine provides a good level of protection in healthy people. Protection develops about two weeks after being given the injection and lasts up to a year.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
It is not possible to get the flu from your flu shot. Like all medicines, some people can experience side effects from the vaccine, which include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, low-grade temperature, muscle aches and drowsiness. Please speak to our pharmacist if you have experienced side effects from vaccinations in the past, or have any allergies.
CAN I GO STRAIGHT BACK TO WORK AFTER MY JAB?
ACT Health requires you to remain in-store, or nearby, for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination so that our Pharmacist can monitor any reactions, and answer any queries or concerns you may have.
WHAT VACCINES DO YOU USE?
The flu vaccine offered by The Pharmacy Network is Fluarix Tetra and satisfies the requirements of the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) and the New Zealand Ministry of Health for the 2020 Southern Hemisphere influenza season.
CAN I GET IT AT ANY THE PHARMACY NETWORK STORE?
We are able to vaccinate anyone 10 years and over and have appropriately trained pharmacist vaccinators in all three of our stores ready to administer flu vaccine in 2020, depending on vaccine availability.
When should i get vaccinated?
Having an influenza vaccine every year in Autumn is recommended. Protection develops about two weeks after the injection and lasts up to a year.
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Terms & CONDITIONS
Our flu vaccinations can be provided from March 2020, subject to Pharmacist and vaccine availability.
Customers can walk-in and receive their flu vaccine provided a suitably certified Pharmacist is available to administer the vaccination, or customers book online
Age restrictions apply: under ACT law we, you must be 10 years or older to receive a flu vaccination in one of our stores.
Vouchers or gift cards cannot be used to purchase your flu vaccine.