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    Vaccination is the best defence against the Flu. By getting your Flu shot, you’re not just protecting yourself, you’re also protecting vulnerable people who cannot receive the vaccine themselves such as young babies less than six months old and those who have low immunity.

    • Private Consultation Rooms
    • Vaccinations by our Trained Pharmacists
    • Latest Quadrivalent Strain
    • No script needed
    • Walk-in or book online

      What is the flu?

      Influenza (flu) is a contagious illness of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. It can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications.  Influenza is spread by contact with respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

      What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

      Flu is not the same as a common cold.  While a cold and the flu are both caused by viruses, and some of the symptoms are similar, the symptoms of flu are more severe and last longer than those of a cold. Flu is a serious disease that can lead to:

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


        The Flu

        What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?

        Symptoms usually start about 1 to 3 days after catching the flu and can last for a week or more.  Some people can be mildly affected, while others can become seriously ill. The most common symptoms of the flu include:
        • Runny nose or sneezing
        • Cough or sore throat
        • Fever and chills
        • Headache
        • Body aches
        • Vomiting and diarrhoea (more common in children).

          The flu can cause serious complications, particularly in children, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. This is why the flu is more serious illness than the common cold.

          How to relieve flu symptoms?

          If you have any flu-like symptoms it is important to get tested for COVID-19 immediately, even if your symptoms are mild.

          In most cases you can treat the symptoms of a mild flu yourself. Most people will get better by themselves within 7 to 10 days and without any treatment.

          Some things you can do to relieve flu symptoms include:

          • Getting plenty of rest
          • Drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids to prevent dehydration
          • Keeping warm
          • Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
          • Avoiding exposure to cigarette smoke if possible
          • Inhaling steam from a hot bath or shower in a closed room to help relieve a blocked nose - remember to always directly supervise children near hot water

            There are also several medicines available to ease cold and flu symptoms, such as pain and fever.

            How does the flu vaccine help?

            Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by influenza.  By getting vaccinated against influenza, you can also help protect other people, especially people who are too sick or too young to be vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated in your community, the less likely the disease will spread.

            Annual immunisation is recommended as the influenza virus is constantly changing, and the vaccine changes accordingly.

            As well as vaccination, it is important to continue practicing good hand hygiene, covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are unwell to minimise the spread of the flu.

            FLU SHOT FAQ

            What is the flu vaccine?

            The flu (influenza) vaccine contains inactive particles that stimulate the body’s natural immune response to build resistance to infection. Each year, the strains within the flu vaccine are updated on the recommendation of the World Health Organisation based on global information.

            Why should I consider getting the flu vaccine?

            Influenza is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in Australia. Although it can be a mild disease, it can also cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people. Annual immunisation is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and reducing the spread within the community.

            When should I get vaccinated?

            The best time to have a flu vaccination is autumn each year, prior to the peak of the flu season, which usually occurs between June and September. This is because your immunity is strongest and most effective 3 to 4 months after you are vaccinated.

            Can I get the flu vaccine and still get the flu?

            The flu vaccine provides the best protection available against the flu, however, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and effectiveness can vary from year to year and amongst different patient groups.

            What type of vaccines does Priceline Pharmacy provide?

            The flu vaccine provided by Priceline Pharmacy is the quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccine, in line with World Health Organisation recommendations. It is registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

            Do I need a prescription to get the flu vaccine?

            A prescription is not required if the Pharmacist is administering the flu vaccine.

            Is there a delay between when I receive the flu vaccine, and when it starts to work?

            Immunity post-vaccination does not occur immediately. There is a lag period of two to three weeks as the body creates antibodies to protect you against the flu.   

            When is the best time to have a Flu Immunisation?

            The flu vaccination is designed to protect you against the peak winter flu season. The best protection against influenza occurs with the first 3 to 4 months following vaccinations. Protection from the vaccine is expected to develop two to three weeks after immunisation. With each season, and sometimes even within the same year, there can be different flu strains so annual vaccinations are recommended.

            Are there any side effects?

            The influenza vaccine can cause side effects. Common side effects may include: 

            • Localised pain, redness. itching and swelling at the injection site
            • Drowsiness or tiredness 
            • Muscle aches
            • Low-grade fever

              These symptoms usually resolve within two days but if you have any concerns, please speak to your Pharmacist or Healthcare Professional.

              In some instances, there may also be a risk of other effects such as fainting. If you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, there may be a risk of neurological symptoms. If either of these are relevant for you, please inform your Pharmacist before your vaccine.

              Can everyone have the vaccine?

              The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has the flu vaccine every year. Your Priceline Pharmacy pharmacist can vaccinate patients from 10 years of over. However, it is important to note that customers should not have the flu vaccine if there is a known allergy to eggs or chicken feathers if they’ve had a known allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past. Some customers may be eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program, please see your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

              What aftercare is involved?

              We recommend that you remain in-store, or nearby, for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination so that the Pharmacist can monitor any reactions, and answer any queries or concerns you may have.

              Is there an age limit on receiving the flu vaccine?

              The majority of Priceline Pharmacy stores are now able to vaccinate patients from 10 years or over.

              Please see table below for further age restriction, or for further information please contact your nearest Priceline Pharmacy store.

              StatePrivate PatientsNIP^


              10 years or older

              65+ years*


              10 years or older



              10 years or older

              65+ years*


              10 years or older



              10 years or older

              65+years, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 10 years, people aged 10 years and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications*


              10 years or older



              10 years or older


              ^Pharmacies administering NIP vaccines may charge a professional service fee for this service

              I’m pregnant…can I get the flu vaccine?

              The vaccine that is provided in Priceline Pharmacy stores is deemed safe for pregnant women.

              Pharmacists are able to vaccinate pregnant women in some states and territories, depending on relevant legislation. We advise you to contact your local pharmacy to ensure they are able to vaccinate pregnant women.

              The National Immunisation Program provides free flu vaccinations to pregnant women*. Not all pharmacies have access to these free vaccines.  Please discuss with your pharmacist or doctor prior to making your appointment.

              What if I am over 65+?

              People aged 65 years and older can receive a newly registered adjuvanted QIV, Fluad Quad, specifically designed to provide increased protection by creating a greater immune response. Please contact your GP for details and eligibility.

              Have you, or any of your family members not had your flu shot yet?

              It's not too late! Contact your local Priceline Pharmacy or book online today. 

              How much does the vaccination cost?

              The cost of the flu vaccination at participating Priceline Pharmacy stores is $24.95.

              PATIENT ALERT!

              Our Priceline Pharmacy teams are committed to being extra cautious during this time to ensure a safe and clean working environment to protect the health of our staff and customers.  

              To deliver this service safely to our customers we have implemented the following measures:  

              If you are unwell please do not attend:

              If you have any COVID‐19 or flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath please do not present for your flu shot. Please call your local Priceline Pharmacy cancel and rebook for another time when you are well.  

              If you are in selfisolation, you are not allowed to leave your home to have your flu shot:

              If you have been told by a health professional that you meet the criteria for self‐isolation you must not enter your local Priceline Pharmacy. Leaving your house puts others at risk and is breaking the law. Please call your local Priceline Pharmacy to cancel and rebook after medical clearance has been given for you to end self‐isolation.   

              Hand sanitisers:

              All flu clinics will have access to hand sanitiser for use by the Pharmacist between each vaccination and will be made available for customer use. Please note that it is not a current requirement that gloves must be worn, as long as proper hand hygiene practices are being followed.  

              Cleaning and disinfecting of our pharmacies:

              In addition to our usual cleaning procedures, we have added additional regular cleaning and disinfection of all hard surfaces in your local Priceline Pharmacy.  

              Social distancing:

              Staff and customers are encouraged to leave 1.5 meters between each other whenever possible.  

              Terms & Conditions:

              1. The flu vaccinations can be provided from March 2021, subject to pharmacist and vaccine availability.
              2. Customers must book online or through the Priceline Pharmacy app. 
              3. Age restrictions apply: pharmacists are unable to vaccinate patients under 10 years of age
              4. Vouchers or gift cards cannot be used to purchase the flu vaccine.
              5. We may be required to collect and provide your personal information to a third party for the purpose of vaccine administration in accordance with Australian regulations and our privacy policy. Your privacy is important to us. Click here to view our privacy policy
              6. Not all stores are providing the flu vaccination in 2021. Contact your nearest Priceline Pharmacy for more information.