The flu (influenza) is caused by a viral infection that is easily spread from person to person. Symptoms of the flu include fever, muscle and joint pains, chills, sore throat and headaches and can last 1-2 weeks.
Your best defence against the flu is us. The quadrivalent flu vaccine helps to protect you against four different strains of the flu this winter.
TerryWhite Chemmart offer quick and convenient flu vaccinations in store for just $14.95. Appointments are available at your local pharmacy from 13th March 2017 – book online now! Walk-in appointments are available at selected pharmacies – please check with your local pharmacy for this service.
Plus, when you receive your flu vaccination at one of our pharmacies, you’ll receive a complimentary voucher booklet with over $175 of added value#!
Facts about the flu
Influenza is a viral infection, caused by influenza virus types A, B or C. The virus is transmitted by virus-containing aerosols produced by coughing, sneezing or by direct contact with respiratory secretions.
Influenza vaccines will not give you the flu, as the vaccines available in Australia do not contain ‘live’ virus. After vaccination, the person will develop antibody levels that are likely to protect them against the strains of virus represented in the vaccine.
The Quadrivalent Vaccine protects against 4 strains of flu vaccine, as compared to Trivalent Vaccine types which protect against 3 strains.
The vaccine types are advised by the World Health Organisation based on circulating vaccine types and the 2017 vaccine contains:
– H1N1: A/ Michigan 45/2015 like (CHANGED)
– H3N2: A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 like (no change)
– B (for TIV): B/Brisbane/60/2008 like (no change)
– 2nd B: B/Phuket/3073/2913 like (no change)
There are two main reasons for getting an annual flu vaccine:
– Flu viruses are frequently changing, and vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and common circulating strains.
– A person’s immune protection from the influenza vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is recommended.
During your appointment, a trained Pharmacist or Nurse Provider will administer a flu vaccination. No prior prescription will be required and appointments take only minutes. You will be asked to complete a consent form and you may be asked some questions about your existing health and any previous reactions you may have had.
Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment and be aware you will need to remain in store for a further 15 minutes observation period in the unlikely event of an adverse reaction.
# Value based on suppliers RRP. *Age restrictions do apply – you must be over 18 (16 in South Australia) to receive the flu vaccination in a TerryWhite Chemmart, Terry White Chemists, Chemmart or Chemplus pharmacy. Some customers may not be eligible for the flu vaccination service at TerryWhite Chemmart® Speak to staff for eligibility criteria. Some customers may be eligible for the free flu vaccination provided by the National Immunisation Program – please speak to your GP or pharmacist for more information.