Flu Vaccinations

Beat the flu season and get your vaccinations early at AFS Friendly Pharmacy. By having the flu vaccination, you can protect yourself against infection by influenza viruses. This vaccination is particularly important for children, the elderly or those in close and regular contact with children, elderly or sick people. 

Contracting an influenza virus can be very serious for anyone but especially young children and the elderly. With the flu season seemingly getting longer and more severe each year, we encourage everyone to spare a couple of minutes to get their flu vaccination each year. By doing this, we can hopefully reduce the increasingly large number of people affected by influenza each year. 

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Quick + convenient at your local pharmacy
Administered by a trusted pharmacist
Available at 4 locations across CQ
Only $24.95 when administered in-store

this year

skip the flu season

Why is it important to have the flu vaccine?

The most effective way of preventing and stopping the spread of the flu is through vaccination.

 

By having a flu vaccination annually, you will protect you and those around you who may have an increased risk of flu related complications from contracting influenza. Vaccinating against the flu will help reduce the chance of you incurring more serious outcomes like hospitalisation and death. 

Who can have the flu shot + how much is it?

Anyone between the ages of 10 and 64 can receive the flu vaccine at their local AFS Friendly Pharmacy for only $24.95. The vaccine will be administered in-store by one of our trusted pharmacists, with appointments taking only a few minutes. Alternatively, we can fill a script obtained from your doctor for $19.95.

 

People over the age of 65 can receive the vaccination free of charge under the Government's National Immunisation Program, however they will need to visit a medical centre in order to do so.

Does the flu vaccine work straight away?


No! Unfortunatley protection from a flu vaccination does not occur straight away. Usually it takes approximately two weeks for your body to develop an immunity to the virus. This is why it is important you be vaccinated early - before the flu season hits it peak.




What is the flu and how do you get it?


Influenza (often known as the flu) is a common, highly contagious virus that affects your respiratory system. It is spread through water droplets in the air from infected people coughing and sneezing. It can also spread and be contracted by touching surfaces contained infected droplets. Symptoms of the flu usually include fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, runny nose and watery eyes. Please note that influenza is not the same as the common cold. The flu is a very serious disease and can lead to nasty complications that may require you to be hospitalised.




Who is most at risk of the flu?


Usually the people most at risk of contracting the flu is those who have underlying medical conditions or reduced immunity. These include:

  • elderly people
  • infants
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people who have never been exposed to the influenza virus
  • people with chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease, renal failure, diabetes and chronic neurologic conditions
  • people with class III obesity (BMI >40kg per m2)
  • pregnant women
  • people who smoke




Do I need to get a flu vaccination every year?


Yes! It is recommened that you obtain a flu vaccination every year to ensure you remain immune as the flu virus can change from year to year and therefore your previous vaccine is not long lasting.




Are there any side effects of the flu needle?


Some, not all, people may experience mild side effects after receiving the vaccination. These include:

  • Drowsiness or tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Localised pain, redness and/or swelling in the area the injection was given
  • Low grade temperature (fever)
These side effects are usually very mild and subside within a few days. If you are still experiencing side effects after a week of receiving the injection, we recommend you consult your GP. More sever immediate effects such as hives or anaphylaxis are very rare consequences of the flu vaccination. However, our pharmacists are trained to recognise and manage any immediate and severe reactions.





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