Flu Vaccinations and the Coronavirus

2020 flu vaccinations are starting to arrive in our medical centres!

Private Flu shots are only $14.95 and your vaccination appointment will be bulk billed if it’s during standard business hours for Medicare Card holders.

Private Flu shots are currently in stock at:

  • Mango Hill: Ph: (07) 3177 9520
  • Chermside: Ph: (07) 3177 9500
  • Arundel: Ph: (07) 5574 5144
  • Merrimac: Ph: (07) 5525 1222
  • Deception Bay: Ph: (07) 3204 7140
  • West End: Ph: (07) 3844 4111
  • Toowong: Ph: (07) 3371 5666

We will update this page daily so if your clinic isn’t listed above please check back later. Please be patient – supply is very slow at the moment. Flu shots can ONLY be booked by calling your clinic directly so if you have concerns please call our clinic reception teams.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY!

Yes, you can visit us in person at the clinic for your flu shot as we have extra safety measures in place to help keep you protected at the clinic. Ask us for more information about this when you speak with us to book your vaccination. Don’t forget you can also now book a Telehealth Appointment and a GP will call you back regarding any health matter! For more information about telephone calls with your GP click here.

WORRIED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

Coronavirus vs the flu

The coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu are two very different viruses, but they have similar symptoms and both can be deadly. While you can fight against the flu with an Influenza vaccination, there is no current vaccine for the Coronavirus.

But how can you fight against the Coronavirus?  The best way to fight this virus is to avoid getting it in the first place, and to minimise the risk of spreading, it by practicing good hygiene. For example, wash your hands regularly, cough into your elbow, and stay home away from others if you are unwell.

If you think you might have the Coronavirus, please do NOT attend a medical centre without calling ahead and speaking to one of our nurses first, as you may risk spreading it further.

Watch the video below for some important tips and click here to read the difference between the coronavirus and the flu.

Looking for more Coronavirus info? Click here. 

I received a flu shot in 2019, do I still need to get a 2020 flu shot?

Yes. The strains of flu virus can change from year to year. The vaccine may also change to protect against the most recent flu virus strains. Even if the flu strains do not change, a yearly vaccine for influenza is still recommended, as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.

It is also highly contagious, so you could pass it on to someone at risk. The Flu is potentially a life-threatening illness for the young, frail and the aged. 

What’s the benefit of having a flu vaccination performed in a medical centre rather than a Chemist?

It is good medicine that you have your yearly flu shot administered at your GP practice as they have your medical history, can keep a record of your vaccinations and discuss any medical concerns with you in a private setting. 

What are the most common symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection, and generally seem like the ‘common cold’. Typical flu symptoms could include:

  • tiredness;
  • fever;
  • chills;
  • headache;
  • cough;
  • sneezing and runny nose;
  • poor appetite; and
  • muscle aches.

If you or your loved ones experience any of these symptoms this flu season, please see your doctor. Further health problems can develop in some people after flu infection including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications, which can lead to death, especially in children and older people.