Flu Vaccination FAQs
What influenza vaccine will AusHealth Work offer in 2019? What strains are included?
The three vaccines AusHealth Work uses are:
- Afluria Quad® (Seqirus) for people aged 3 years and older.
- Influvac Tetra (Mylan) for people aged 18 years and over.
- FluQuadri® (Sanofi Pasteur) for people aged 3 years and over.
These vaccines address all four of the following influenza strains:
- An A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 - like virus;
- An A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) - like virus;
- A B/Colorado/06/2017 - like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
- A B/Phuket/3073/2013 - like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).
It is recommended that everyone age 6 months or older receive the annual influenza vaccination. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:
- Pregnant women,
- Older adults, and
- Young children.
Also those with Chronic medical conditions such as
- Cancer or receiving cancer treatment,
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
- Cystic fibrosis,
- Kidney or liver disease, or
AusHealth Work immunisation nurses are able to administer vaccines to persons under 18 years of age, including children.
However, there are certain groups of people that shouldn't get the flu vaccine. For these people, the vaccine may pose more risks than benefit, and it may even be life-threatening. The following people should discuss the pros and cons with their health care providers:
- Babies under 6 months old,
- Those with a history of an allergic reaction to previous flu vaccines,
- Those who are allergic to any component of the flu vaccine, or
- Anyone with a fever (typically over 37ºC) or moderate to severe illness at the time of vaccination; wait until you are better.
There are very few people who can't or shouldn't get flu vaccines. Listed among the restrictions, however is the recommendation that you should not get a flu shot when you are significantly ill or have a fever. If you have just a minor illness, you can still get a flu vaccine, but anything more serious and you should hold off until you are better.
The vaccine may make recovery from your illness take longer, or your body may not respond as well as it should to the flu vaccine.
Most people have no problems from the vaccine.
If you get the flu shot, you might have a mild fever and feel tired or achy afterward. Some people also have soreness, redness, or swelling where they got their shot. These problems aren’t serious and don’t last long.
Serious side effects are rare. If they do happen, it's within a few minutes to a few hours after you get the shot. Call your doctor right away if you have trouble breathing, hives, feel weak or dizzy, or have a fast heartbeat afterward.
Is the flu vaccination safe for pregnant women? If so, can you administer the vaccine at my workplace?
The flu vaccine is not only safe but recommended for women during any stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women have an increased risk of complications from the flu.
Influenza vaccines given during pregnancy also protect infants against influenza for their first 6 months of life, when they are most vulnerable, yet still too young to be vaccinated themselves.
AusHealth Work immunisation nurses are very experienced in providing vaccines, and are very capable in vaccinating pregnant women in the workplace.
Once you have confirmed your booking, you can change the date by contacting our Customer Service staff a minimum of 48 hours prior to the clinic booking. During peak season, please be aware that re-booking may be difficult as our vaccination services become fully scheduled, causing a much later appointment.
If a staff member is sick or away on the day of your vaccination clinic, contact us to discuss alternate options, including arranging a catch-up clinic. Otherwise, you can purchase catch-up vouchers from our online store, and your team can redeem them to be vaccinated at one of 400 pharmacies across Australia.
We know that sometimes it is hard to confirm numbers to be vaccinated at your clinic. We will need confirmed numbers five (5) days prior, so that we can order the correct amount of vaccines for your clinic. Please contact us to update your final numbers within this time frame, or we will rely upon the number of participants indicated at registration.
Customer Service staff will contact you to confirm a date and time as soon as practicable. This depends on vaccine availability and nurse availability. Bookings will likely begin in March.
Any other questions? Contact AusHealth Work and we can answer you directly, and add it to this page.