The flu vaccine does not contain live flu virus, so it CANNOT cause influenza infection (some people may experience a few aches and pains for a day or two). The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide full protection against the flu. People who catch flu during this period may mistakenly blame the vaccine for causing the flu.
See our FAQ's page for more information about the Influenza vaccine.
Influenza vaccine is now available at the Medical Centre in 2020. If you wish to be vaccinated, please make an appointment to see the doctor. Influenza vaccine is $20. Healthcare Card holders can obtain the vaccine on a PBS prescription.
The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that persons receiving vaccination remain in the vicinity of the place of vaccination for at least 15 minutes after. (The Australian Immunisation Handbook 2013)
in depth information about current outbreaks and the types of flu strains that are currently causing a problem
- Qld Health - Influenza
- Qld Health - Viral Infections
- Pandemic Influenza
Influenza is a contagious disease. To help reduce the spread of influenza in the workplace, the following actions are required of everybody.
Do NOT come to work if you have:
- A fever (temperature > 38C) PLUS a cough, PLUS one or more of the following:
- Headache, fatigue and weakness
- Sore throat
- Chest discomfort, or shortness of breath
- Muscle aches and pains
- Stuffy nose
If any of the above symptoms apply to you, please stay at home, seek medical advice and wait until you have recovered before returning to work.
If you start to feel ill at work with the above symptoms, advise your manager and keep at least one metre away from others.
Symptoms usually appear 1-3 days after being infected and the disease is highly contagious. Most people recover within a week but tiredness and a cough may persist. Influenza can sometimes lead to severe complications such as pneumonia or brain inflammation. Influenza can also be fatal.