Influenza (Flu)

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.

Flu 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.

Post-vaccination procedures

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)

Further information

Flu-like symptoms

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.

Consult QUT Medical Centre or call 13 Health (13 43 25 84) if you are concerned about your symptoms. Advise your GP if you have recently arrived or returned from overseas.

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.