The immunisation vaccine uses the body’s natural defence mechanism to build resistance to infection. The vaccine contains inactive particles that stimulate the immune system to help develop a resistance to the flu.
Vaccination is the best defence against the flu. The flu vaccine stimulates the body to make antibodies, which fight the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated, when you encounter the virus, your body is better prepared to destroy it, which helps prevent getting the flu.
Vaccine is not 100% effective but evidence shows that the flu vaccine provides good protection in healthy people.
The vaccine meets Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration requirements for safety and effectiveness. It has been available for over 50 years.
The flu vaccination is designed to protect you against the peak winter flu season which happens between June to September in most parts of Australia. The best protection against influenza occurs with the first 3 to 4 months following vaccinations. The best time for you to be vaccinated against the flu is Autumn before the flu season starts.
The skin around the vaccination site may become red or sore, or you may also experience itching, bruising or mild swelling. Some people may also experience a mild fever, muscle aches, headache, or swelling of the lymph gland (under the armpit). These symptoms usually resolve within two days but if you have any concerns, please speak to your Pharmacist or Healthcare Professional.
In some instances, there may also be a risk of other effects such as fainting. If you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, there may be a risk of neurological symptoms. If either of these are relevant for you, please inform your Pharmacist before administering your vaccine.
People aged 65 years and older will now receive a newly registered adjuvanted QIV, Fluad Quad, specifically designed to provide increased protection by creating a greater immune response. We are waiting for the Department of Health’s confirmation on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Program availability in-pharmacy. In the meantime, please contact your GP for details and eligibility.
No, a script is not needed.