INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINATIONS 2020

With the COVID-19 public health pandemic currently active in Australia, it’s even more important for everyone to get their influenza (flu) vaccination this year. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu.

There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is one for influenza.The WA Department of Health encourages everyone to get the flu vaccine this year and avoid unnecessary burden on our health system and hospitals.

What is the flu?

It's a common virus which is highly contagious and causes symptoms similar to the common cold but they are not the same thing.

Typical symptoms include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • general aches and pains
  • nose, throat and lung congestion.

When is the best time to get the flu vaccine?

Timing of vaccination should aim to achieve the highest level of protection during peak influenza season. This usually occurs from June to September in most parts of Australia. Vaccinating from April provides protection before the peak season.

Is the flu vaccine free?

The flu vaccine is free for:

  • persons 65 years or older
  • children 6 months to less than 5 years
  • primary school-aged children (from 5 years to students in year 6)
  • pregnant women (any trimester)
  • Aboriginal people 6 months and older
  • individuals 6 months and older with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, including:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • impaired immunity
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

Please be aware that some providers may charge a consultation fee.

Where can I get the flu vaccine in the City of Vincent?

Locally, there are many service providers where you can book in for a flu vaccination, and the City has collated a list for residents.

Service provider Address Contact Website Booking requirements
Blooms the Chemist | North Perth 372 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth 9328 5762 www.bloomsthechemist.com.au  No appointment needed, however it's recommend to call and check stock availablity
Michaels Chemist Shops 2 & 4, 391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth 9328 3359 www.michaelschemist.com.au  Walk-ins, online bookings, phone bookings
Mount Hawthorn Family Practice 61 Flinders Street, Mount Hawthorn 9444 7227 www.mounthawthornfamilypractice.com.au  Booking required
Northbridge Medical Centre 154 Newcastle Street, Perth 9228 8339 www.northbridgemedical.com.au  Online bookings, phone bookings, walk-Ins if nurses are not busy
Pharmacy 777 3/183 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn 9444 1423 www.pharmacy777.com.au/flu  Online bookings

For more information, check out the links below.

Where can I get immunised? | Department of Health

Pharmacist Influenze Vaccination Trial | Department of Health

Where can I get more information?

For more information, check out the useful online resources below or contact the City on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

Flu vaccine info | HealthWA

About immunisation | Department of Health