Flu Vaccination

Be protected this flu season

Prepare for the flu season by getting your annual flu shot at Complete Care Pharmacy.

The unpredictability of influenza, often referred to as ‘the flu’, means that anyone could be at risk of catching it or experiencing severe complications, including hospitalisation or even death. That’s why, we offer the latest influenza vaccines, making it easy for you and your loved ones to stay protected.

Our pharmacy, conveniently located just a short distance from Hobart, boasts a team of healthcare professionals committed to providing a smooth and efficient vaccination process. Book your flu vaccination with us today, and take a proactive step towards protecting your health against the flu this season.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older, with a particular emphasis on:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Individuals with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • People travelling through the flu season

Benefits of flu vaccination

  • Reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalisation, and death
  • Important for people at high risk of flu complications
  • Helps protect vulnerable community members, including the elderly and young children

The vaccination process

Our streamlined flu vaccination process ensures a safe and comfortable experience:

  • Book your appointment online, in-store, or call us.
  • Complete a pre-vaccination checklist upon arrival.
  • Receive your flu vaccination from one of our qualified healthcare professionals.
  • Depending upon the circumstances, you may be asked to remain in our waiting area for a short observation period following the administering of the flu shot.

Specific requirements or considerations

  • Bring a form of ID and your Medicare card, if applicable.
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.
  • Inform us of any medical conditions, allergies or previous reactions to vaccines

How to book an appointment

Please note: We accept walk-in vaccination during the week from 9-6 Monday to Friday – no need to book in advance

If you wish to book your flu vaccine appointment, this can easily be done online, in person or by calling our pharmacy directly. Choose a time that suits you, and let us take care of the rest.

*Flu vaccination and Covid-19 vaccination can be administered at the same appointment.

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Yes. We accept walk-in vaccination against influenza during the week from 9-6 Monday to Friday – no need to book in advance

Annual flu vaccination is crucial due to the seasonal nature of influenza and the constant evolution of flu viruses. Getting vaccinated annually helps build immunity against common strains predicted to circulate during the upcoming flu season. It reduces the risk of illness, hospitalisation, and severe complications, including death. The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone aged six months and older.

No, this is a myth. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The flu vaccines used in Australia contain either inactivated flu viruses or recombinant technology that cannot cause the flu illness. While some people may experience mild side effects like soreness at the injection site or low-grade fever, these are signs of the body’s immune response, not the flu itself. Flu vaccination is safe and effective.

Certain groups in Australia are at higher risk of severe complications from the flu, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged six months to five years
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • People with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or weakened immune systems

These groups are more susceptible to flu-related complications, hospitalisation, and even death. Vaccination is especially crucial for them to reduce the risk of severe illness.

In Australia, the best time to get vaccinated against the flu is before the flu season begins, typically from April to May. However, vaccination can be beneficial even if done later in the season, as flu activity can extend into the winter months. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop immunity against the flu viruses. Since the timing and severity of flu seasons vary, it’s essential to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available to ensure optimal protection.

Yes, you can get a flu vaccine along with the Covid-19 vaccine. However, if you experience a side effect, such as fever, following a vaccination, then you will not be administered another vaccine until the side effect has resolved.  

Common side effects of receiving the influenza vaccine include:

  • drowsiness or tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • pain, redness and swelling at injection site
  • occasionally an injection-site lump (may last many weeks – no treatment needed)
  • mild fever.

The flu vaccine between the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere do differ to accommodate the different flu strains predicted to circulate. Whilst, it is ideal to receive the specific Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine, this is typically unavailable in Australia. Therefore, before travel, Australians may receive a second dose of the flu vaccine before departure to help protect against catching the flu in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fees

  • Influenza/Flu Shot – $24.95 for ages 5-65 (*free for eligible patients with certain medical conditions under the National Immunisation Program (NIP))
  • Influenza/Flu Shot – FREE for ages 65+ under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)