Flu Vaccination

Vaccinating against the flu is the best way to protect yourself against the virus. When you get your flu vaccination, you are also protecting your family, the community and especially those who are unable to receive the vaccine such as young babies. 

The flu virus is easily spread when a person who is infected coughs, sneezes or talks and when you come into contact with surfaces containing the virus. It is important that we vaccinate against the flu to reduce the spread.

For the first time this year, our pharmacist will be able to administer the flu vaccine for people aged 65 years and over. Please see more information in the FAQ section. 

If you are between the ages of 5 years and over, you can book an appointment to get vaccinated against the flu with our vaccinating pharmacist.  

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Commonwealth Department of Health have advised that a flu vaccine can be given before, after or with a COVID-19 vaccine.

From June 1 to July 17, all NSW residents will be able to get the flu vaccination for FREE at our pharmacy.

CARMEN DRIVE PHARMACY CARLINGFORD FLU VACCINE

Our flu vaccination service:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Book your appointment online, call or visit us
  2. Once the booking has been made, you will receive a confirmation
  3. Complete a pre-vaccination questionnaire
  4. Attend your appointment
  5. Our pharmacist will administer the vaccination in our consultation room
  6. All vaccinations will be registered on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  7. A vaccination confirmation statement is available to you
  8. Vaccination service is complete after a 15 minute observation period.
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To keep you safe, our pharmacy team follows a COVID safe plan while providing you with the service and support you need. 

Flu vaccine Q&A

Frequently asked questions about the service

People aged 5 years and over. 

NB. People 65 years and over will receive an enhanced flu vaccine (Fluad Quad) to provide better protection as they have a weaker response to the regular flu vaccine. A $15 administration fee applies for people in this age group. 

  • All people aged 6 months to less than 5 years 
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over 
  • Pregnant women 
  • All people aged 65 years and over 
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that increase the risk of flu virus complications eg. heart disease, chronic lung condition, impaired immunity, neurological disease etc.

It important to note that while the vaccine itself is free, your GP may charge a consultation fee.

People aged 65 and over should receive the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine over the standard quadrivalent vaccines. The enhanced vaccine has been specially formulated to create a greater immune response amongst the elderly, who are known to have a weaker response to immunisation. However, if the enhanced vaccine is not available people aged 65 years and over can safely receive other standard quadrivalent influenza vaccines. 

Each year the strains of the influenza virus are reviewed and the available vaccines may be changed according to the strains as a result of mutation or changes to the virus.

The protection provided by influenza vaccines decreases after a few months so it is important to get vaccinated each year.

Your immunity is strongest and most effective at 3 to 4 months after you are vaccinated. Flu season in Australia usually runs from June to September, peaking in August, so it is important to get your flu shot in April or May. 

No. 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 flu-like side effects which could last up to 48 hours. This does not mean they have the flu but rather that their immune system is working.  

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the vaccine to provide protection against the flu.  

Flu vaccination prevents illnesses in around 6 out of 10 healthy adults under the age of 65. Some people may still catch the virus after having the flu shot but the risk of illness is still reduced. 

Muscle aches, headaches, fever and soreness on injection site. This usually last 48 hours.  

No. All you need is your Medicare details and to fill out the pre-vaccination form which we will send to you via a link on your confirmation text before your appointment. 

 

From June 1 to June 30, all NSW residents will be able to get a FREE flu vaccination at the pharmacy.

Outside of this timeframe, the cost of the Flu vaccination service for people:

  • 10-64 years – $25.00
  • 65 years and over – $15 

This includes vaccine and vaccination service.

Our trained pharmacist who has completed first aid and immunisation training approved by the Department of Health.  

  1. In-store: 4 Carmen Drive Carlingford 2118 
  2. Phone call: 9871 3848
  3. Website : Click on the ‘Book a Flu Vaccination’ button below

Rare and serious reactions usually occur within 15 minutes after the vaccination. Our pharmacist will ask you to remain in the pharmacy for 15 minutes for observation. If a reaction does occur, your vaccinating pharmacist is trained in first aid and CPR and together with the team, will respond quickly to provide you emergency assistance.    

The vaccine protects not only you and your family but people with disabilities or those at high risk of becoming very sick from the virus. It protects the community.  

It is recommended to separate between at least 2 weeks apart. The order does not matter.  

If you are sick, we recommend you wait until you get better before you vaccinate to ensure your immune system is not overworked. We follow all covid-safe standards which include ensuring that anyone with covid-like symptoms be tested and cleared if they are sick at the time of the appointment.  

Our pharmacist will send a record of your flu vaccination to the Australia Immunisation Register (AIR). You can also request for a copy of your flu vaccination record summary at the time of your vaccination.  

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