Flu Vaccinations

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Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. In Australia, influenza causes over 5100 cases of hospitalizations and over 100 deaths. Flu vaccination is incredibly important for everyone especially for young children, adults, and people over 65 years old who are diagnosed with chronic diseases. Flu Vaccination acts as a defence mechanism in fighting against flu by stimulating the immune system. 

When do you get it done?

For best prevention, it is recommended to get a flu vaccination annually. That is, during April and May before the flu season starts.  

Do you need a prescription to get flu vaccine?

No prescription is needed.

Who is eligible to get a flu vaccination?

It is recommended that everyone gets flu vaccinated every year. However, exceptional cases such as people with specific medical conditions and people who are allergic to vaccine ingredients should consult with their doctor before getting vaccinated. 

People who are in the highest risk bracket to most likely to hospitalized with flu includes:

  • People over 65 years 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin adults over 15 years.
  • People with weak immune system 

Some people are eligible for free flu vaccination under the National immunization Program through your GP, please see your pharmacist or doctor for more information. 

Any side effects?

You may experience some side effects. However, they usually disappear within two days. Common side effects of the flu vaccination could include:

  • Redness or soreness at site of injection
  • Swelling or hardness at site of injection
  • Tiredness, headache, or body aches 


The pharmacist will ask you to remain in the pharmacy for 15 minutes after being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions and to answer any questions. The pharmacist will also recommend drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

If you would like to know more about our Flu Vaccination services, please submit your information below and our friendly team will be in contact. Alternatively, contact your local Simply Pharmacy for more details

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