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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.
Age restrictions apply and vary according to state – please confirm with your local store the minimum age we can vaccinate.
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.