Influenza, known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and even death.
Each year, the flu affects thousands of people in Australia and puts an enormous amount of pressure on our hospitals and health system.
The flu vaccine is your best shot at stopping the flu.
Getting the flu shot in 2021
This year, vaccination against the flu is more important than ever.
While increased hand-washing and social distancing helped to stop the spread of flu last year, more relaxed social distancing restrictions this year may allow flu viruses to recirculate, even if they were hardly seen in 2020.
You can get the flu shot with the doctor of your choice, in a one-on-one consultation, at PVH Medical.
You can easily book on our website or download the Appointuit app on your phone.
What are the symptoms of flu?
Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion while children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches.
Symptoms can last for a week or more. When severe, complications such as pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes death.
Why should I get the flu shot?
The flu can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. You never forget the flu!
The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected – that’s why it’s so important that everyone (aged over 6 months) is protected against the flu this season by getting their flu shot.
When should I get the flu shot?
Everyone should get an annual flu vaccine anytime from April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September.
Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?
In Victoria, the following people are eligible to receive a free seasonal influenza vaccine:
- Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older
- Adults aged 65 and over
- People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza (e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes)
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).
For everyone else, the cost of the flu vaccine is $16.
Different vaccines for different age groups
Our team of doctors in Pascoe Vale will advise which flu injection is appropriate for you.
All children under 9 receiving their flu vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.
Is the flu vaccine safe?
Common side effects may happen within one to two days after the vaccination. These include soreness, redness, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, muscle aches and low fever.
These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, normally without any treatment.
Can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?
The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.
Can I get the flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccination experts recommend waiting 7 days between getting a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine. Given this, it will be important to plan both vaccinations.
Make an appointment today
To get your flu shot with a doctor, make a booking on our website or use the Appointuit app on your phone. You can also call us on 9304 0500.
Remember to tell us if you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine and when you received it.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs. Page last updated 16 June 2021.