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Flu vaccines are now available from Medical Hub @ RMIT. The consultation with one of our doctors is bulk billed for all patients, and the vaccine is offered at a small cost. 

Our vaccine contains 4 strains of common influenza and is approved by the World Health Organisation and the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee.

Influenza is highly contagious and receiving the flu vaccine is your best chance of preventing infection.

Click the button below to book your flu vaccination, or call us on 9999 2778 to make an appointment.

Medical Hub @ RMIT offers flu vaccinations

What is influenza and how is it caused?

Influenza is a disease that is highly contagious. It is caused by a virus that affects the respiratory tract, and is spread by inhaling the virus when it is expelled into the air when someone coughs, sneezes or even talks.

Symptoms of influenza

The symptoms of flu include fever, fatigue, runny noses, sore throat, cough, headaches, body/muscle aches, and watery eyes. Vomiting and diarrhoea can also occur in children. Most symptoms usually last 3-5 days, although a cough and fatigue may persist for 2 weeks.

Strains included in Australia’s vaccine (2020)

The Australian vaccine for the year 2020 contains:

  • A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)–like virus
  • B/Washington/02/2019 – Like (B/Victorian lineage) virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus

As approved by the WHO and the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee

A common myth: contracting influenza from the vaccine

You cannot contract the flu from the vaccine. The viruses in the vaccine are inactivated and incapable of causing influenza, and protection against the virus is due to the antibodies that are formed by the immune system’s response to the vaccine. The antibodies in the body peak at 1-2 months after the vaccination is administered and then gradually declines, thus individuals should be vaccinated between the months of March and May each year.

Who gets influenza?

Anyone can get influenza. People who already suffer from ill health are more susceptible to the complications. For those in a high-risk category, the flu is very serious and can potentially be fatal. The National Immunisation Program provides government funded vaccinations for those at risk. The categories they have identified as high-risk include:

  • All people aged 6 months to less than 5 years 
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • All people aged 65 years and over
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.

If you suffer from respiratory symptoms including severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic conditions affecting the respiratory systems, metabolic disorders, diabetes mellitus, renal conditions, you are at a higher risk of complications. 

Side effects of the influenza vaccine 

Most people report no reaction to the vaccine, while some report mild side effects such as tenderness and redness at the injection site. This usually improves within a day or two. A cold compress applied to the vaccination site site should offer some relief. 1-10% of people may get mild fever, malaise or myalgia for 1-2 days.

How effective is the influenza vaccine?

The flu vaccine is generally considered to be 80-90% effective in preventing influenza illnesses in healthy adults. Please remember that it takes about 2 weeks for a person to develop antibodies and this protection against influenza infection. 

 

Dr Katie Mellor

This information was verified by 

Dr Katie Mellor