UFS Medical centres are now running dedicated flu clinics.
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.
All three UFS Medical practices (Doveton Street, Bridge Mall and Sturt St) are offering flu vaccinations, including some Saturday and Thursday evening time slots at Doveton Street).
Subsidised flu vaccines (the NIP vaccine) are available for eligible* patients free of charge.
Private, non subsidised flu vaccines cost $26, or $21 for UFS members.
Please call your regular practice to book an appointment for your flu vaccine:
UFS Medical Doveton Street: 5364 9100
UFS Medical Bridge Mall: 5327 0420
UFS Medical Sturt Street: 5331 2522
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 fully vaccinated against both viruses!
*Patients eligible for the NIP vaccine:
- children 6 months up to 5 years
- adults aged 65 years plus
- all aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- all pregnant women
- patients with cardiac disease
- patients with chronic respiratory conditions
- people with chronic neurological conditions
- patients with imunocompromising conditions
- people with diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- patients with renal disease
- people with haematological disorders
- children aged 5-10 years undergoing long term aspirin therapy
Flu vaccinations are also available at most UFS pharmacies – bookings can be made here