The flu is now circulating – protect yourself with the flu vaccine

Influenza is now circulating in Victoria and peak flu season is on its way! The flu can make you seriously unwell – being vaccinated with this year’s flu vaccine is your best protection. Now that our borders are open and we’re moving around freely we expect to see high levels of the flu virus this winter.

Important information about the flu vaccine

  • If you’ve recently had COVID, you can still safely receive the flu vaccination, as long as you are out of your isolation period.
  • The flu shot changes every year to match different strains of the flu that are circulating. Even if you had the flu shot last year, it’s important that you get it every year to make sure you’re protected for when flu season hits.
  • The vaccines used at UFS are quadrivalent vaccines, to protect against four different flu viruses.
  • The flu shot is 100% safe. Like all vaccines in Australia, the flu vaccine goes through strict testing by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) prior to being approved.
  • The vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus, so it won’t make you sick with the flu.
  • Optimal protection against influenza occurring in the first three to four months following vaccination, so it’s advisable to receive your vaccination as soon as possible.
  • If you’ve recently had a COVID vaccine, this won’t protect you against the flu. The influenza shot is your best protection against the flu virus.
  • Think you’re fit and healthy and never get the flu? The flu doesn’t discriminate, anyone can get the flu, and become seriously unwell, including young children. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes that contain the flu virus and can live on any surface for almost 48 hours. Your best possible protection is with the flu shot.
  • Having the flu vaccine means you won’t contribute to spreading it to vulnerable people around you (your family, your friends and work mates).
  • It’s possible to contract COVID and influenza at the same time – yet another reason to make sure you’re vaccinated against both viruses!

The fee for the flu shot for UFS members is $25, or $31.25 for non-members.

Children 10 years of age and over can be vaccinated at a UFS pharmacy – children under the age of 10 need to be vaccinated by a GP.

If you are eligible for a subsidised flu vaccine (pregnant women, people 65 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and complications), please check with your nearest UFS Pharmacy for availability, or call your regular GP, as medical practices have the best supply of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) subsidised vaccine. For information on receiving the flu vaccine at UFS Medical practices, click here. At UFS Pharmacies, the subsidised vaccine is SUPPLIED free of charge under the NIP  (check eligibility with your preferred UFS Pharmacy) with a fee of $10 for UFS members to have this ADMINISTERED (or $12.50 for non members).