Flu Vaccine – Your Questions Answered

AM Flu Vaccine Clinic

What is Influenza?

Influenza “The Flu” is a disease caused by the Influenza virus and is transmitted by droplet infection from person to person, most commonly through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include; sneezing, coughing, high fever, headache, body aches and muscle aches.

Why have the Flu Vaccine?

The Flu Vaccine can help protect you. Influenza is a respiratory illness that can lead to serious health complications and in some cases death. The best way to protect your family from influenza is to be immunised.

What are the side effects of the Flu Vaccine?

The side effects from the Flu Vaccine are generally mild. You may experience a little pain and redness at the site. Some people may also experience muscle aches or develop a fever. These symptoms usually go away within a few days. Some people can have an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine, which is usually immediate. This is why we recommend people stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after receiving the Flu Vaccine.

I have had the Flu Vaccine in the past and still got the flu – why have the vaccine?

The Flu Vaccine protects you against strains of influenza that are anticipated to affect Australians this flu season. It is possible that you may have been incubating the disease prior to the Flu Vaccine or contracted another strain that is not covered by the vaccine.

Can the Flu Vaccine give you the flu?

No, the Flu Vaccine cannot give a person the flu as it is not a ‘live’ vaccine.

Is the Flu Vaccine safe during pregnancy?

The Flu Vaccine is safe during pregnancy. Pregnant women are eligible for the FREE government-supplied vaccine at any stage during their pregnancy.

Is the Flu Vaccine safe for children?

Yes, the flu vaccine is safe for children, however there are various brands available for different ages.
Please speak to an Active Medical Centre team member about the correct vaccine and availability for your child.

Can I have the Flu Vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

The Flu Vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein. People who have an anaphylactic reaction to eggs are advised to seek further advice from their doctor prior to receiving the vaccination.

Is the Flu Vaccine free?

The government-supplied vaccine is FREE for certain ‘at risk’ groups in our community.

Who is eligible for the FREE government-supplied Flu Vaccine?

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years
  • People over 65 years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years and over
  • People aged 6 years and over with chronic conditions who are ‘at risk’ of developing complications from influenza

I’m not eligible for the free government-supplied vaccine. How much can I expect to pay?

The team at Active Medical Centre can supply the Flu Vaccine for $15 per dose, to all patients with a current Medicare card.

Why isn’t the vaccine free for everyone?

Due to the cost of producing the vaccine, the government is only able to fund the vaccine for the most vulnerable people in our community.

For more information about Vaccines supplied by the Australian Government, please refer to the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

Which strain of the vaccine is available in 2018?

The four strain Flu Vaccine will be supplied and administered at Active Medical Centre in 2018. The vaccine offered will protect you against four strains of the virus anticipated to affect Australians this flu season.

Why is there a different Flu vaccine available for people aged 65 years and older in 2018?

The Australian Government said that in response to the 2017 devastating flu season, they have released a new Influenza Vaccine in 2018 specifically designed to offer an increased immune system response in elderly people. For adults aged 65 years and over, in addition to the quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs), two higher-immunogenicity trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) formulations (one a ‘high-dose’ vaccine and another containing an adjuvant) are available and NIP-funded. This Vaccine is now available at Active Medical.   

I am travelling overseas; do I still need the Flu Vaccine if I am avoiding the Australian Winter?

Yes. The Flu Vaccine is recommended before travelling as it offers protection for the whole flu season. The flu season can be unpredictable and at times can last well into Spring. We are also very fortunate in Australia, to have the added bonus of being able to immunise against common strains of the flu, which may already be prevalent in other countries.

Why should I get my vaccines at Active Medical Centre?

Time and care is taken at Active Medical Centre to provide 24 hour monitoring of ALL vaccines. Our team follow strict guidelines to ensure only the highest quality vaccine is given to our patients. It is important to have vaccines stored at the correct temperature and monitored carefully. The only way we can be sure that you receive the maximum benefit of your vaccine is to make sure your vaccine has been stored and administered correctly.

How do I book an appointment to get the Flu Vaccine?

Phone our friendly team on 9363 0954, make an ONLINE BOOKING, alternatively we invite you to visit us at Active Medical Centre. 228-232 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs.