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Do I need to receive the flu shot if I did last year?

The flu strains mutate and change from year to year so receiving the current flu vaccine gives you the best chance to be protected about the current virus strain. Regardless of mutations, the yearly vaccine for influenza is recommended as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.

Even if you are not concerned about your own health, the flu is highly contagious and could be life-threatening for the young, the frail and the aged. By protecting yourself with the vaccine, you also help protect them.

Are there side-effects from the flu shot?

At BetterMedical clinics, we use the Fluquadri vaccine in patients over the age of 6 months. None of the ingredients in this vaccine type can cause the flu.

When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body’s natural defence system) will produce its own protection against the influenza virus.

Before your flu shot, your Doctor will talk to you about other medications that you are on and any allergies that you may have as these may interfere with the flu shot. This is why it is recommended to receive the flu shot with your trusted GP rather than the public setting of a chemist.

After vaccination, you may be at risk of developing certain side effects. Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of having FluQuadri during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Side-Effects From the FluQuardru Flu Shot:

Less serious side effects (see your GP if this worries you)

  • pain, tenderness, redness, swelling, bruising and hardness at the injection site • feeling unwell • headache • muscle aches • fever • shivering • irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, appetite loss, cough, runny nose, vomiting

Serious side effects (call your GP straight away or go to the emergency department)

  • inflammation of nerves leading to weakness, such as weakness of facial muscles (facial palsy) or visual disturbance (optic neuritis/ neuropathy) • fainting (syncope), dizziness, tingling or numbness of hands or feet (paraesthesia) • temporary inflammation of nerves causing pain, paralysis and sensitivity disorders (Guillain Barre syndrome [GBS]) • fits (convulsions) with or without fever • severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) • temporary reduction in the number of blood particles called platelets (thrombocytopenia), swollen glands in neck, armpit or groin (lymphadenopathy)

Why are some vaccines ‘free’ and others have a fee?

Some vaccines are subsidised by the Government, however, if you do not fall into any of the groups below you will need to pay for your vaccination or appointment.

Please call your local clinic to see if Government funded vaccines are in stock:

all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age
all adults aged 65 years and older
pregnant women
all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
individuals aged 6 months and older with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications

Flu Shot Near Me

Contact your local BetterMedical clinic to ensure your they have received stock of this year's flu vaccine and to make a booking to receive it.