Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our community. 

Book an appointment or walk in and our Pharmacists will vaccinate you in our Private Health Clinic. 


On the day of your appointment, please: 

  • Bring your Medicare Card (if you have one) 
  • Wear clothing that makes it easy for the pharmacist to access your upper arm 


Are you eligible for a subsidised Influenza Vaccination? 

The 2024 Influenza Vaccine is FREE for patients: 

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 years and over 
  • Aged 65 years and over 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Aged 5 years and over with certain medical risk factors, e.g. heart disease, severe asthma, chronic lung conditions, impaired immunity, diabetes, kidney disease, haemoglobinopathies 


Flu vaccination for all other patients is $30 

Our pharmacists are unable to vaccinate children under 10 years old. 



I have an allergy, can I still get the flu vaccine? 

As the egg based influenza vaccines under the NIP only contains minute traces of egg protein, people with egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safely vaccinated with influenza vaccines. If you have an egg allergy, please discuss this with your immunisation provider. 

In addition, people should not receive the flu vaccine if they have experienced anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any influenza vaccine or anaphylaxis after any component of an influenza vaccine. 

What is the flu?

Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious virus of the respiratory tract that can cause severe illness and hospitalisation. It is spread by contact with droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. 

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious illness caused by the influenza virus. The Flu vaccine is given every year as flu viruses are always changing. 

By getting vaccinated against influenza, not only are you protecting yourself, you are also protecting other people in our community; especially those who are unable or too young for vaccination. More importantly, the more people in our community are protected by vaccination, the less the virus is able to spread. 

When should I get the flu vaccine?

The flu season affects Australians from June to September, with the peak being August. Protection from the flu vaccine is strongest and most effective 3-4 months after you are vaccinated, so the timing of vaccination is critical. 

So, the best time to get vaccinated is in April or May each year, giving you enough time to build immunity before the peak of the flu season. 

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Common symptoms include: 

  • Runny or blocked nose  
  • Sneezing 
  • Dry or chesty cough  
  • Sore throat 
  • Fever  
  • Chills 
  • Headache 
  • Body aches 

Severity of these symptoms differs between people. Flu symptoms generally develop within 1-3 days after being infected. After 7-10 days, most people begin to feel better, however a cough and other symptoms may linger for a further few weeks.

What is the difference between the flu and the common cold?

The flu and a cold are similar, but not the same thing. A flu lasts longer and is more severe than a cold as it can lead to more serious health issues. Some of these are: 

  • Bronchitis
  • Croup
  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Heart and other organ damage
  • Brain inflammation and brain damage
  • Death 

How can I help relieve my symptoms?

To relieve flu symptoms and avoid spreading the virus: 

  • Stay home 
  • Rest and keep warm 
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated 
  • Practice safe hygiene – wash hands regularly and cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing 
  • Eat a healthy and nutritious diet 
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke if possible 

For medications to help relieve your symptoms, come and speak to our friendly pharmacists for advice!

Bellambi Drive Thru Pharmacy

Come visit Bellambi Drive Thru Pharmacy! We have made social distancing possible with our Drive Thru Service. A contactless and convenient way to order and collect all your health-care needs. You can pre-order using our website or the MedAdvisor App. This way your order is ready for you to collect. Try it out!