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 Pharmacies will take good care of your team.
Conveniently located across NSW, VIC 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.
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.
For most people, the best time to have your flu vaccine is from April onwards, so that you have had your vaccine before the start of the peak flu season. The protection from the flu vaccine starts to decline after 3-4 months, so having your flu vaccine in April means that you still have optimal protection during the peak June-August flu season. However, you may need to have your flu vaccine earlier for other reasons e.g. travel or work purposes, so talk to your Ramsay Pharmacist about the best time to have your flu vaccine. In any case – it’s never too late to vaccinate!
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 vaccine 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.
- The vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus, os you can’t get the flu from being vaccinated.
- While some effects may seem like influenza, none of the influenza vaccines available in Australia contain live influenza viruses, so they cannot cause influenza.
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 vaccine, 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.
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 vaccine. 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.
Yes, the flu vaccine and the covid-19 vaccine can both be given on the same day.
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.
Your Ramsay Pharmacist can vaccinate under the National Immunisation Program (a service fee applies).
Terms and Conditions:
Quadrivalent flu vaccination $19.99 in NSW and Victoria, and free of charge in Queensland until 31 August 2023. Age restrictions do apply – you must be 6 months and over to receive a flu vaccination at Ramsay Pharmacy in NSW, VIC or QLD. Bookings for children between 6 months and 16 years require parent/guardian consent. Administered by a qualified Pharmacist. Please allow 15 minute post-vaccination for monitoring. Walk in appointments are pending pharmacist availability and vaccine supply.
Bookings for children under 16 years who are eligible for the vaccine require parent/guardian consent.