Influenza (flu) Vaccination

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. Every year, influenza causes widespread illness in the community.

Vaccination against the flu has the biggest impact to reduce the number of infections and community spread.

UFS Pharmacies are now offering the 2021 flu vaccination.

Pre-booked appointments are available at the UFS Vaccination Clinic, Hargreaves Street for $26.95, UFS members gain 10% discount. Patients 6 months and over are eligible. To book click the below buttons on this page.

Walk-in appointments now available at our Strathfieldsaye, Maiden Gully and Bridge Street stores for $31.95, UFS members gain 10% discount. Patients 10 years and over are eligible. Please be advised there may be adhoc occasions when appointments are not available.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you must get tested and follow the recommendations of your health professional before obtaining your flu vaccine.

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Corporate Vaccination Clinic
for your employees

You’ve asked for it. And we’re delivering it.

As many employers know, influenza has the potential to increase the amount of sick leave required by staff, causing much disruption to the workplace. It has therefore become commonplace for many businesses to cover the cost of the influenza vaccinations for their staff. 

Businesses will also have access to our priority booking and accounts service – it doesn’t matter how big or small your business is. 

Conditions:

1. Registering today does not infer you are committed to a booking with UFS Pharmacies Vaccination Clinic. This is an expression of interest only. 
2. Costs involved for the vaccination either personally or for your business will be detailed in your confirmation communications.

Complete the form below to register today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the flu vaccine helps protect both you and the people around you. It’s particularly important to protect vulnerable people in our community who can’t be vaccinated, such as babies who are younger than 6 months and adults with low immunity.1

Who is at risk of getting the flu?

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Those with chronic medical conditions

If you are in any of these categories you are likely to qualify for the National Immunisation Program.

Yes it is. The stock provided to pharmacies and the stock provided to doctor’s clinics is the same formulation. All 2021 season vaccines are Flurarix and Afluria. The vaccines for over 65 years is a special formulation designed at protecting older people against the flu.

We have taken into account many factors in setting the flu vaccination fee for patients.  The standard fee of the flu vaccination service is $26.95* from UFS Pharmacies and UFS members will receive a 10% discount. Walk-in appointments are available for an extra charge.   

*UFS Members 10% discount applies

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) was Commonwealth and State governments to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination. The program provides free vaccines to eligible people. Eligible persons include babies, young children, teenagers and older Australians. The program also targets people of all ages who are at greater risk of serious harm from certain diseases.2 UFS Pharmacies will provide to eligible patients a free NIP vaccine however a $19.95* service fee applies. Eligible NIP patients are also able to go to their local GP and have the vaccination bulk billed at no cost. *UFS Members 10% discount applies

Yes we do! The vaccine is Australian Government funded for those aged 65 and over so

your doctor may be able to provide this to you bulk-billed. If not, we have plenty of stock available now.

What is a walk-in and are they available?

A walk-in vaccination is when you haven’t pre-booked an appointment for your vaccination and simply walked into our pharmacy. Walk-in appointments are now available at the Strathfieldsaye, Maiden Gully and Bridge Street stores ONLY. Please be aware that there may be occasions when appointments are not available.

While the early symptoms of the seasonal flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be similar — fever and cough, for example — and they are transmitted the same way, there are some key differences. Influenza typically has a shorter incubation period (the time from the infection to when symptoms appear) than COVID-19, which means influenza can spread faster. For more comparisons, visit the World Health Organisation website here.3456  
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommend that flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine is not to be administered on the same day. The preferred minimum of time between vaccinations is 14 days. This will mean you will be making three individual visits for your vaccinations this year as there are two doses required for the COVID-19 vaccine.9

The influenza vaccine is grown in eggs. But the traces of egg protein that remain after the vaccine is made are so tiny that the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) says both adults and children with egg allergy can be safely vaccinated against the flu. The risk of anaphylaxis in response to the vaccine is very low, estimated at 1.35 cases per 1 million doses.

It is rare for people with egg allergy to experience other adverse effects, such as hives, wheezing, vomiting or abdominal pain, after getting the flu shot. If you are concerned, ask your doctor if you, or your child, can be observed by staff for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine, instead of the recommended 15 minutes.[1]

[1] https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/flu-vaccine-faqs

No the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.. All flu vaccines used in Australia are ‘inactivated’, which means they do not contain the live flu virus and so you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine.

Some people may experience side effects which may include fever, tiredness and muscle aches. These side effects can start within a few hours of your being vaccinated and sometimes last for 1 or 2 days. They usually go away on their own, once your body has developed an immune response to the vaccine, which will protect you from the flu virus.

It’s important to remember that the side effects show the vaccine is triggering an immune response, which is what it’s designed to do.[1]

[1] https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/flu-vaccine-faqs

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