Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. Immunisation is your best defence against the flu.
The influenza virus infects your nose, throat and lungs. The flu is normally worse than a cold. Some people get very sick – influenza causes deaths every year.

Symptoms of influenza come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough and stomach upsets.
Older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia. If you’re at higher risk, it is important to see your doctor early, to find out if you need treatment.
It is also important to seek medical advice early if you are concerned, and especially if there are any danger signs, even if you have been seen before. Other serious conditions can also look like the flu, including meningococcal disease.

The flu spreads quickly from person to person through touch and through the air. While you’re unwell, stay away from work or school. Look after yourself and your family – rest and fluids are especially important.


65 years and over
6 months to 64 years with a chronic condition
Pregnant women and breastfeeding women
Enrolled patients 6 months to 17 years
All other enrolled patients can get their Influenza Vaccination for $30.00

Call the Medical Centre on: 03 303 5002 to book an appointment

Immunisation is your best defence against influenza. Even fit and healthy people should consider getting the flu jab to protect themselves.

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Frequently asked questions
Is the seasonal influenza vaccine safe? The technology to make influenza vaccines has been in use for 60 years, it has an excellent safety record.
How has the seasonal influenza vaccine been tested? It has been trialled clinically.
Is it true that getting the influenza vaccination puts you at risk of getting influenza? No. Influenza immunisation cannot cause influenza because the seasonal influenza vaccine contains no live viruses.
The last time I got vaccinated for seasonal influenza I came down with a cold/flu the next day. Was this caused by the vaccine? No. The seasonal influenza vaccines have been made from influenza viruses that have been concentrated, inactivated and then broken apart. It cannot cause influenza as the vaccine does not contain any live viruses.
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