The Flu Vaccination Program has now closed for 2022, but will return in April 2023.
Frequently asked questions
Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) puts forward its recommendations for the composition of influenza virus for use in the Southern Hemisphere's influenza season. On the 6th of October ,the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) confirmed their recommendation inline with the WHO recommendations.
The 2022 southern hemisphere influenza season vaccine contained the following:
Egg-based quadrivalent influenza vaccines( AVS Standard offer for 2022 flu season):
- an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus
- a B/Austria/1359417/2021-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
You will form antibodies to fight the flu around 3- 14 days after receiving your immunisation. Your antibodies will peak at around 4 - 6 weeks - this is when you are most protected. Your antibodies will gradually fall but you will remain protected for one flu season.
The health and wellbeing of our community is our upmost priority.
We ask that you please DO NOT attend an on-campus clinic if you are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath.
Participants attending the flu clinic are asked to keep a 1.5 distance from other individuals while waiting to see the nurse or following your vaccination.
Hand sanitiser will be readily available when entering and leaving the venue. We encourage you to practice good hand hygiene while in the venue.
Your safety and health are our top priority, but you also play a part in protecting others from infection
Participants who receive a flu vaccination from one of the OnCampus Clinics will receive an email the following day with a copy of their certificate. If you don't receive your email, please contact John Smith at AVS email@example.com
For participants who have supplied their medibank number for on campus clinics, verification of their flu vaccinations will be supplied by the provider to medicare.
If you require a certificate from a pharmacy visit, please ask the pharmacist for a copy of a certificate. Some pharmacies may notify medicare if you provide your medicare number.
Highly recommended that all students undertaking work integrated learning and professional experience placement book an on campus vaccination.
As an immediate family member of Staff, you can book a free vaccination at either an on campus clinic (you must be 18yrs and over) or at a participating pharmacy (most pharmacies offer vaccinations from 10yrs+). You will need to enter the staff members ID number when booking the appointment.
Please be aware if coming onto a University Campus, you must be fully vaccinated. Further advice is provided for Visitors.
You can book an appointment at any location to receive your flu vaccination. If you feel it is more convenient you can book a flu appointment at a participating pharmacy.
The field is not mandatory to enter your Medicare card so you can still book your flu vaccination and leave this field blank. You may wish to ask the pharmacist for a copy of your flu vaccination record. If you are having your flu vaccination on campus, a certificate will be emailed to you.
The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides a free flu vaccine to eligible people through their General Practitioner (GP), including:
- People aged 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months or over
- People with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe flu.
- Children 6 months to less than 5 years old.
If you are in one of these groups, it is recommended that you speak with your General Practitioner (GP) about a flu vaccination.
Children > 5 years and < 10 years:
For children aged 5 years and less than 10 years, it is recommended that you speak with your General Practitioner (GP) about a flu vaccination for this age group.
Aged 65 and over:
If you are ≥ 65 years, 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.