Should you get vaccinated?
In Australia, it is recommended that any person 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccination to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.
Flu is more serious than a common cold with sufferers often restricted to their bed for up to a week or more, unable to work or care for loved ones.
For others who are considered 'at risk' of complications from the flu, the illness can be much more serious and may lead to hospitalisation.1
Persons considered at higher risk of complications include:
People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 6 months to <5 years and adolescents and adults aged 15 years and over.
- Pregnant women
- People with severe asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and kidney disease and certain chronic conditions.
- People who are more likely to come in to contact with a person in the ‘at-risk’ category are also strongly encouraged to have an annual flu vaccination to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Healthcare workers
- Emergency services workers.
- Workers in aged care and childcare facilities
- Anyone who lives or works with ‘at risk’ people.
Talk to Discount Drug Stores
Discount Drug Stores are offering flu vaccinations expertly administered by one of our pharmacists or a visiting nurse practitioner. The flu vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you and others from serious disease caused by influenza.
Always remember, as well as vaccination, it is important to continue practicing good hand hygiene, covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are unwell to minimise the spread of the flu.
Pharmacists can vaccinate patients from 10 years and over. No prescriptions are necessary. Fees apply.
Does an influenza vaccination affect protection against coronavirus?
Influenza vaccination is not a vaccination against coronavirus, and it offers no protection against contracting coronavirus.
Reducing the risk of the flu is now more important than ever, as having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can make you very ill. To reduce your risk of contracting the flu, speak to your Discount Drug Store pharmacist or book your flu vaccination online now.
Protect yourself against the flu this year by getting vaccinated.
You can now get your flu vaccination at the pharmacy. You don’t need a prescription from the doctor and the appointment only takes a few minutes. Book now.
Appointment Duration: 15min
*Subject to pharmacist recommendation and pre-screening. Special patient high risk groups may be eligible for free influenza vaccines in the national immunisation program and should seek advice from their medical practitioner. Appointment dates subject to vaccine availability.
Source: 1. Newall, A. Economic Report into the Cost of Influenza to the Australian Health System. Vaccine, 2007.