We encourage everyone in the community to fight the flu and get vaccinated, even for healthy people, the flu can cause severe illness and in some cases be fatal - a flu vaccination is your best line of defense.
The Australian flu season is usually from June to September, with the peak being around August. The flu vaccination typically protects against the flu virus for roughly 3-4 months, so the recommended time to get a flu shot in Australia is April or May each year.
Influenza vaccinations are now available for children aged 10 and over, administered by our trained Pharmacists.
What about side effects - common side effects of the vaccination itself include redness and some pain at the site of injection. This usually only lasts 24-48 hours and if it persists, ice packs or mild pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can assist.
You may experience some flu-like illness such as feeling tired, a mild headache or mild fever after the vaccine. This does not mean the vaccine gave you the flu; it is caused by the immune response to the dead virus in the vaccine.
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