Influenza is extremely contagious. Once it enters a workplace environment, it can easily spread causing lost productivity, absenteeism and even worse, presenteeism (when people continue to come to work sick). In 2005 it was estimated that absenteeism in Australia costs $7 billion each year, with presenteeism even higher at $26 billion. Avoid contributing to these statistics and provide your team with the best protection this flu season.
The Department of Health advises that on average, the flu vaccination can reduce an employee’s risk of contracting the flu by 40-60%, (based on the number of infected people presenting to GPs or hospitals). The flu can last for a week or more with individuals suffering fatigue for up to three weeks. Ramsay Pharmacy’s corporate flu vaccination service provides your team with the greatest protection available to reduce the risk of influenza affecting your workplace this flu season. The more people that are vaccinated in a workplace, the less chance the flu has of spreading which helps reduce absenteeism and presenteeism.
As part of Ramsay Health Care, our Ramsay and Malouf Pharmacies will take good care of your team.
Conveniently located across NSW, Victoria and QLD, our pharmacies have qualified Pharmacist Immunisers ready to help your team fight the flu this season and to help your workplace remain strong and healthy. Contact us via the form below and a team member will be in touch.
Benefits of an employee flu vaccination service with Ramsay Pharmacy
- Only $17.99 per person
- Easy to arrange, just contact us via the form below
- We provide promotional material to share with your team
- With some employees working from home, a voucher means that it’s more convenient
- You pay only when your team have redeemed their voucher
- The vaccination service is available at all Ramsay or Malouf Pharmacies with qualified Pharmacist Immunisers, Click here to find a store.
- Vaccinations are recorded and uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register
- It pays to help protect the health of your team and maintain morale
- It helps reduce absenteeism and presenteeism as well as contamination in the workplace
Contact us via the form below and a team member will be in touch.
The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has a flu vaccine every year. It’s difficult to predict who will catch the flu, or who will become seriously ill from it. The flu can require someone to be hospitalised and it can even be fatal.
Getting vaccinated against the flu helps protect both you and the people around you. It’s particularly important to protect vulnerable people in the community who can’t be vaccinated, such as babies who are younger than 6 months and adults with low immunity.
COVID-19 vaccinations have changed government recommendations for flu vaccinations in 2021:
- People in phase 1a for COVID-19 vaccination should receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them, and then receive their flu vaccine.
- People in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination should receive their flu vaccine as soon as it is available, and then receive their COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.
Peak immunisation authorities also recommend at least a 14 day period between receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine.
No. All flu vaccines used in Australia are ‘inactivated’, which means they do not contain the live flu virus and so you can't catch the flu from the vaccine.
Less than 15% of people experience side effects from the flu shot that are similar to the early signs of the flu. These may include fever, tiredness and muscle aches. These side effects can start within a few hours of your being vaccinated and sometimes last for 1 or 2 days. They usually go away on their own, once your body has developed an immune response to the vaccine, which will protect you from the flu virus.
It’s important to remember that the side effects show the vaccine is triggering an immune response, which is what it’s designed to do.
The influenza vaccine is very safe. The chance of experiencing a serious problem from having a vaccine is far lower than the risk of serious harm from catching influenza. Your Ramsay Pharmacist will ask you questions before giving you the vaccine to make sure that you are not at higher risk of side effects, because of allergies or other problems.
You may experience common side effects such as pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, body aches, tiredness or slight fever. These may be signs that the vaccine is triggering your immune response, which is what it is designed to do. They will go away by themselves within a couple of days. The vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus, so you can’t get the flu from being vaccinated.
Flu vaccination prevents illness in 5 or 6 out of 10 healthy adults under the age of 65. Because the vaccine is not effective in absolutely every case, some people may still catch the virus after having the flu shot, but the risk of illness is still reduced.
Although most people who get the flu recover without lasting effects, the flu can be very serious in some people and may require them to be hospitalised. In some cases, it can even be fatal. Vaccination against the flu reduces your chances of getting it and may reduce the severity of the symptoms, so it is still important to have the shot.
Feeling cold doesn't cause the flu (or the common cold). The only way to catch influenza is to be exposed to the virus, via tiny droplets of mucus that are coughed or sneezed into the air or transmitted through touch.
Cold and flu season does happen to coincide with the colder months. Wintry weather forces people indoors more often — where they're more likely to be in close proximity with infectious people.
You need a flu vaccination each year as the flu virus frequently changes. The flu vaccine is updated every year according to the most common strains likely to affect Australia during the winter season. The benefit of the flu vaccine tends to wear off after three to four months.
Ramsay Pharmacy are using an egg-based vaccine that contains fragments of the following strains:
- A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
- B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
The influenza vaccine is grown in eggs. But the traces of egg protein that remain after the vaccine is made are so tiny that the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) says both adults and children with egg allergy can be safely vaccinated against the flu. The risk of anaphylaxis in response to the vaccine is very low, estimated at 1.35 cases per 1 million doses.
It is rare for people with egg allergy to experience other adverse effects, such as hives, wheezing, vomiting or abdominal pain, after getting the flu shot. If you are concerned, ask your doctor if you, or your child, can be observed by staff for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine, instead of the recommended 15 minutes.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 (coronavirus), but it will reduce your risk of influenza — which leads to thousands of hospitalisations each year. By getting the flu vaccine, you can reduce the strain on the health service.
Current advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that routine scheduling of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended. The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days. At the time of this advice, there are no safety or efficacy data for administration of influenza vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.
The National Immunisation Program provides government-funded vaccines for those most at risk, including:
- pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ;
- people aged 65 years and older;
- people with certain medical risk factors.
If you live in Victoria, your Ramsay Pharmacist can vaccinate under the National Immunisation Program (a service fee applies), and in all states, your GP can assist. But if you aren’t eligible for the National Immunisation Program and would like to arrange your vaccination, contact your nearest Ramsay Pharmacy team.
Terms and Conditions:
$17.99 for the quadrivalent influenza vaccine. *Age restrictions do apply – you must be 10 years and overto receive a flu vaccination at Ramsay Pharmacy or Malouf Pharmacies in QLD, NSW & VIC. Administered by a qualified Pharmacist. Subject to pharmacist immuniser availability. Please allow 15 minute post-vaccination for monitoring.