Flu Vaccination Program 2024

Free Flu Vaccinations bookings are NOW OPEN for 2024.

Free Flu Vaccinations bookings are available between 8th April – 31st July

Free flu vaccinations are available to staff, immediate family members of staff living in the same household and all students.

In 2024 all of our vaccination program will be provided by local participating pharmacies through our partnership with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

    How to book?

    1. Open the secure online booking page.
    2. Select a pharmacy and time that suits you
    3. Input your personal details – you MUST use your University of Tasmania email address
    4. If you have a Medicare card you can enter these details when you book
    5. Input our University Organisation Code 24UOT48
    6. You will receive an email confirming your booking
    7. If you need to cancel or change your booking you can contact the pharmacy directly or use the links in the confirmation email to cancel

    Please remember to take your Medicare Card with you to your appointment

    Book now

    Organisation Code: 24UOT48

    Frequently asked questions

    Pharmacists vaccinating as part of the Guild Program use only the most current vaccines available. The influenza vaccination covered under the 2024 Guild Corporate Vaccination Program is the quadrivalent egg-based vaccine indicated for adults under the age of 65. It provides protection against the below four strains3 of influenza:

    • an A/Victoria/4897/2022 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
    • an A/Thailand/8/2022 (H3N2)-like virus;
    • a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
    • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.

    Staff can book a free vaccination for your immediate family member through the pharmacy booking system. You will need to enter your staff email address when booking the appointment.

    All participating pharmacies provide vaccinations to people 10 years of age and older.

    Many pharmacies also provide vaccinations to children from 5 to 10 years of age. If one of your immediate family members is aged between 5 – 10 years of age you will need to contact the selected pharmacy to check if they provide to this age group.

    International staff and students who do not have Medicare cards will still have their vaccinations uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). International staff and students can apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) for access to My Health Record and visibility of your vaccination history. More information on the Services Australia website.

    As with all vaccination providers, the pharmacist is required to make a final assessment of your eligibility to receive an influenza vaccination on the day of your appointment. This will include completing the pre-screening process and gaining your consent to complete the vaccination service. In addition, as at other vaccination clinics, the pharmacist will request that you remain in the pharmacy for 15 minutes to monitor you for side effects from the vaccination. Your vaccination details will be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

    As stated in the Guild’s Privacy Policy Privacy Policy - Pharmacy Guild of Australia, all data relating to this Program will be stored securely. Data will be stored for the sole purpose of this Program and will not be disclosed to any third parties unless you express consent. Only relevant personnel from The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the university will have access to such data.

    Our flu vaccination program is not available in these areas because their respective state governments already provide a free flu vaccination program.

    The influenza vaccine has been around for many decades and has a great safety record. Common side effects from the vaccine include mild pain, redness or swelling where the vaccine was given. These side effects usually last for a few days and go away without any treatment.

    Serious side effects, such as a severe allergic reaction are rare.

    The vaccine does not contain live influenza viruses and cannot cause influenza.

    People with an egg allergy, including history of anaphylaxis can safely receive all influenza vaccines. If you have an egg allergy, please discuss this with your health professional. Source: 2024 Influenza (flu) vaccination – Consumer fact sheet (health.gov.au) (PDF).

    More information

    People who may be at greater risk of severe illness from the flu

    The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) also provides a free flu vaccine available through General Practitioners(GPs) and most pharmacies to people who may be at greater risk of severe illness from the flu. This includes:

    • People aged 65 and older
    • Pregnant women
    • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months or over
    • All people over 6 months of age with chronic medical conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes

    If you are in one of these groups, it is recommended that you speak with your General Practitioner (GP) about a flu vaccination.

    Children under 5 years of age

    It is recommended that you speak with your General Practitioner (GP) about a flu vaccination for children under 5 years of age.

    Aged 65 and over

    If you are 65 years of age or older, it is recommended that you receive the recommended Trivalent Influenza vaccine (TIV). This vaccine can only be provided by your GP and is not available in the University Flu Program.

    Tasmanian Government - Flu information

    NSW Government - Flu Information

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