Health Services

Flu Vaccination

Can you afford to be off work or not able to take care of your family?

Wizard Pharmacy will run flu vaccination tore in-store.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I be vaccinated?

Walk-ins are welcome at most Wizard Pharmacies, it is advised to call to ensure your local pharmacy can accommodate for walk-ins and the pharmacist who can vaccinate is available.

How much will it cost?

Our flu vaccination clinics cost $19.95, and only available at selected sites. 

Can I do it?

Flu Vaccinations Clinic’s at Wizard Pharmacies are available to most people aged 18 years or older.

For some people the flu vaccination may not be appropriate, they include;

  • those who currently have an illness resulting in a fever greater than or equal to 38.5oC
  • those with a lowered immunity caused by either a medical condition or medical treatment
  • those who have had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis following a previous dose of the flu vaccine
  • those with a history of Guillian Barré syndrome
  • those with a bleeding disorder
  • those with severe chronic diseases

If you are unsure about whether you or your family should get the flu vaccination contact your local Wizard Pharmacist today for advice.

Certain groups of people are high risk and may be eligible for a free flu vaccination under the Immunise Australia Program. If you fall into one of the below categories you can speak to your doctor about the program;

  • Individuals aged 65 and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long-term aspirin therapy
  • Individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions who are more likely to experience complications from the flu, for example, those people with;
  • Certain heart conditions and respiratory conditions (i.e. heart disease, asthma)
  • Chronic illnesses requiring medical follow up or hospitalisation (i.e. diabetes)
  • Chronic conditions affecting the nervous system (i.e. cystic fibrosis)
  • Impaired immune function

Facts about the Flu

What is the Flu Vaccination about?

No matter how fit and healthy you are, you can still get the flu. The flu can make you feel unwell for at least a week with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, headaches and muscle pain.

An annual flu vaccine is the best defence in helping you and your family fight the flu and stop the spread of the virus in the community.

How is the flu different to a cold?

The flu and a cold are different in terms of both symptom severity and duration. A cold usually has more nasal symptoms which can last a few days, whilst the flu can last up to 2 weeks and tends to cause higher fever and muscle pains and shivering. The flu can also lead to serious complications, particularly in children, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as lowered immunity or certain heart conditions.   

How do you catch the flu?

The flu is easily spread from person to person by airborne fluids when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets can then infect someone through their eyes, nose or mouth. Surfaces such as door handles, pens and cups can also become contaminated by these fluids, potentially passing the flu virus onto the next person that comes into contact with them.  

Can I prevent the flu?

There are a range of things that you can do to minimize the likelihood of getting the flu. The best defence is to get vaccinated each year. You should also ensure that you wash hands thoroughly and regularly or use hand sanitiser to reduce the spread of the flu.

What will I get with a flu vaccination?

The flu vaccine protects against four influenza viruses that will be the most common during the coming flu season. A few weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop in the body to provide protection against infection.

The flu virus is capable of changing each year causing different flu strains to circulate within the community. Your immunity will also decrease over time and therefore a flu vaccination is recommended each year to ensure you continue to protect your body against the flu.

Wizard Pharmacies will only vaccinate using the latest strain to ensure we protect all our customers as best we can.

If I got a flu vaccination last year, do I need to get another flu vaccination again this year?

The flu virus is capable of changing form at a very rapid rate, resulting in different strains circulating in the community each flu season. The influenza virus changes from year-to-year, and any previous flu vaccination may no longer be effective. Each year the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends which strain of the flu virus Australians should be immunised against to best protect themselves. Your immunity against the flu decreases over time, so it is important to be vaccinated against the new strains each year.

Will I be protected from the flu straight after being vaccinated?

Your immune system takes time to actively defend against the flu, but protection normally starts 2 weeks after being vaccinated and then is at full defence after about 6 weeks. This protection normally continues through for a full year. The best time to be vaccinated is in March to early May to allow for full protection during the peak flu season of July to September.

What else do I need to know?

All medicines including vaccines, can have side effects, however, most of these side effects are minor. Common side effects following flu vaccination include soreness, redness, pain, fever and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve without any treatment within a few days. If you are concerned you should contact your local Wizard Pharmacist.

 

Sources: The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, Immunise Australia Program, Australian Government Department of Health: Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: What You Should Know for the 2015-20146 Influenza Season, World Health Organization: Influenza (seasonal)