Flu Vaccination

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over.

Flu Vaccination

1 Who should get a flu shot

Everyone aged over 6 months old, provided you have had no severe complications from the flu vaccine in the past. Speak to your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist if you’re not sure. And remember, even for healthy people, the flu can cause severe illness and in some cases be fatal, so a flu vaccination is your best line of defence.

2 Cost

Receiving a flu vaccination at TerryWhite Chemmart costs $19.95 in the 2019 season.


3 When should I get a flu shot

The recommended time to get a flu shot in Australia is April or May each year.


4 Are there side effects

Common side effects of the vaccination itself include redness and some pain at the site of injection. This usually only lasts 24-48 hours and if it persists, ice packs or mild pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can assist.

In addition, you may experience some flu-like illness such as feeling tired, a mild headache or mild fever after the vaccine. This does not mean the vaccine gave you the flu; it is caused by the immune response to the dead virus in the vaccine.

Three Things You Might Not Know About The Flu Vaccination:

  1. There is no live virus in the flu vaccine, so you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine
  2. The composition of the vaccine changes every year to combat the constantly-mutating flu virus. This year we are offering the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four of the most common strains.
  3. The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy
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5 What are the different types of vaccines?

People may hear reference to multiple types of vaccines. The standard vaccine for most people for the 2019 season is a quadrivalent type however there are other types available and they are specifically provided for those aged over-65. The different vaccines for over-65s are manufactured in such a way as to address the particular types of vaccines prevalent in the over-65 population and therefore provide better and increased protection.

If you are over-65 please speak to your GP or TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist about which flu vaccination is best for you.