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Influenza vaccination at Busy Bee Pharmacy

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

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What is the flu vaccine?

The immunisation vaccine uses the body’s natural defence mechanism to build resistance to infection. The vaccine contains inactive particles that stimulate the immune system to help develop a resistance to the flu.


Why should I consider getting the flu vaccine?

Vaccination is the best defence against the flu. The flu vaccine stimulates the body to make antibodies, which fight the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated, when you encounter the virus, your body is better prepared to destroy it, which helps prevent getting the flu.


When should I get vaccinated?

The best time for you to be vaccinated against the flu is Autumn before the flu season starts.


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

No vaccine is 100% effective but evidence shows that the flu vaccine provides a good level of protection in healthy people.


What type of vaccines does Busy Bee Pharmacy provide?

Our flu vaccine offered in store is the Quadrivalent vaccine in line with the World Health Organisation recommendations and is listed with the Therapeutic Good Association.


What does "Quadrivalent" mean?

The term Quadrivalent vaccine means that it protects against four different strains of flu. The types of vaccine are advised by the World Health Organisation based on circulating flu epidemics around the world.


Is the vaccine safe?

The vaccine meets Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration requirements and has been available for over 50 years.


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

The body creates antibodies between three and fourteen days after the vaccination.


How long does the vaccine last for?

The flu vaccine is designed to protect you for approximately one year. With each season, and sometimes even within the same year, there can be different flu strains so annual and continued vaccinations are recommended.


Are there any side effects?

The skin around the vaccination site may become red or sore, or you may also experience itching, bruising or mild swelling. Some people may also experience a mild fever, muscle aches, headache, or swelling of the lymph gland (under the armpit). 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 administering your vaccine.


Can everyone have the vaccine?

Customers should not have the flu vaccine if there is a known allergy to eggs or chicken feathers, or 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?

We are now able to vaccinate patients from 10 years or over.

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

The vaccine that is provided by Busy Bee 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. 


What if I am over 65+?

In 2018 a new 65+ trivalent vaccine was launched in the Australian market. If you are over 65+ years of age you are entitled to a trivalent influenza vaccine fully funded by the Australian Government. Pharmacists are unable to access this particular vaccine at this stage. You will need to go to your GP to get this trivalent influenza vaccine. 


Do I need a prescription to get the flu vaccine?

No, a script is not needed.

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