Pharmacy 777 Pharmacists are committed to protect you and your family from the spread of the influenza virus.
Vaccinations are administered in a private consultation room by your 777 Pharmacist.
Information update on timing for your vaccination:
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended before the influenza season starts. Influenza cases usually peak between June and September in most parts of Australia. However, influenza can occur all year-round.
Protection from the vaccine is expected to last for the whole season, but optimal protection is within the first 3–4 months after vaccination. Revaccination later in the same year is not routinely recommended.
It is never too late to vaccinate, because influenza can circulate all year. In particular, pregnant women, persons with certain chronic medical conditions or lowered immune function, and travellers can benefit from vaccination at any time of the year.
These groups may sometimes be advised by their GP to receive a second vaccine if they were vaccinated very early in the season, to maintain the optimal protection for the rest of the year.
If you are concerned about the optimal protection of your 2020 flu vaccine because you received it very early in the season, speak to your GP (or Pharmacist) for advice.
Aged 10-64? Appointments are available.
*Please be advised, if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, are pregnant, or have certain medical risk factors you may be eligible to receive a free flu vaccination each year through the National Immunisation Program through your GP or community clinic; please visit Department of Health or speak to your GP for more information.
Aged 65+? Please note the following update to availability.
National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccine availability is currently very limited through pharmacies. Please contact your local pharmacy to check availability or alternatively, contact your GP for an appointment (pending vaccine availability).
**Please note: limits have been applied to Pharmacy’s supply of enhanced vaccines for patients 65 and over. Enhanced vaccines provided through the NIP are available from GP clinics - we encourage you to check availability with your GP.
Your safety is our priority.
For public safety due to COVID-19, we have allowed for social distancing to minimise the amount of people in the pharmacy and provide you with the personalised care and support you need.
What is influenza?
Influenza (usually called ‘the flu’ for short) is a common and highly contagious virus. The flu affects your respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs), and symptoms you’ll experience can include:
nose, throat and lung congestion.
It’s important to note that the flu is not the same as the common cold, even though they may share some symptoms. The flu is a serious illness that can lead to complications and sometimes hospitalisation.
What to expect:
Pending availability, book your flu vaccination online
Select your closest pharmacy
Choose a convenient date and time
Fill out a quick pre-vaccination questionnaire
Attend your appointment
Follow the instructions of your Pharmacist during this time - find out more
Receive your vaccination and a printed or digital confirmation statement
After your appointment wait for a 15-minute observation period
Based on World Health Organisation recommendations the 2020 quadrivalent influenza vaccines for those aged 10-64 will offer protection against the following four virus strains;
A (H1N1): an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
A (H3N2): an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
B: a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
The 2020 quadrivalent influenza vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program for people aged 65 years and over will offer protection against the following four virus strains;
A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09 – like virus (A/Brisbane/02/2018 IVR-190): 15 micrograms HA* per dose
A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2) – like virus (A/South Australia/34/2019 IVR-197): 15 micrograms HA* per dose
B/Washington/02/2019 – like virus (B/Victoria/705/2018 BVR-11): 15 micrograms HA* per dose
B/Phuket/3073/2013 – like virus (B/Phuket/3073/2013 BVR-1B): 15 micrograms HA* per dose
*HA = haemagglutinin
These ‘enhanced’ vaccines are recommended for those aged 65 years and over.
How much does a flu vaccination cost?
Our Flu Vaccination service costs $19.95 for those aged 10-64 years.
Eligible HBF Health members receive a fully covered Flu Vaccination per year*.
If you’re an HBF member and unsure if you are covered, please check your level of cover by either logging in to myHBF or calling 133 423 prior to booking your flu vaccination.
*For HBF health members on eligible products, up to annual maximum. Service eligibility applies.
65 years or over?
Those aged 65 years or over can be vaccinated at Pharmacy 777 under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (subject to vaccine availability and trial continuation). A $10 pharmacy consultation fee applies. If you’re an eligible HBF Health member, this $10 fee may be fully covered.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program (sometimes referred to as the ‘ ‘enhanced’ vaccine), you can also visit your GP. It’s important to note that while the vaccine itself is free, your GP may charge a consultation fee.
Frequently asked questions about the service.
When is the best time to get vaccinated?
The 2020 flu season is not far away and the Department of Health is urging all Australians, especially those in vulnerable groups and aged 65+ to arrange vaccination against seasonal influenzas in the month of April.
While protection is generally expected to last for the whole season, optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.
How do I cancel an appointment?
For cancellations or changes within 24 hours of your appointment:
Please call the Pharmacy 777 location you made your booking with and our team can help you rebook.
For cancellations or changes outside 24 hours of your appointment:
Please email email@example.com with your name, which pharmacy location you have booked an appointment with and the date and time of the appointment, and the team will cancel the booking you hold.
(Please note, you are able to cancel even if you are not a HBF member.)
Following your cancellation, to book a new appointment:
Simply scroll up to the booking buttons on this page to start a new booking and schedule a new time or date.
How do I make bookings for my whole family?
Please note – separate bookings must be made for each individual, including dependents.
Is your family with HBF?
Each individual covered on a HBF policy has their own member number, including dependents.
Your HBF member number is a unique 8 digit number and can be found on the front of your HBF membership card. To confirm the member number for dependent children on your policy, please go to hbf.com.au and login to myhbf by clicking on the link at the top of the homepage. Once logged on click on the Policies tab and select Health Insurance.
Alternatively call HBF on 133 423.
Can I bring my children to be vaccinated at the pharmacy?
Western Australian, South Australian and New South Wales legislation currently allows Pharmacists to administer influenza vaccinations to people aged 10 years and over.
Please note that Pharmacists cannot administer influenza vaccinations to people under 10 years of age. Please contact your GP for vaccinations for children aged 9 years and younger.
For details on how to make bookings for multiple family members, please see FAQ above on: "How do I make bookings for my whole family?"
What is the National Immunisation Program?
The Australian Department of Health funds the cost of vaccines for people who are at high risk of influenza and its complications under the National Immunisation Program. These vaccines are distributed under the supervision of the WA Department of Health, who determine availability and recommended timing for the vaccine.
People aged 65 years and over can receive their Government funded vaccine at Pharmacy 777 (please note, vaccine availability is currently very limited).
While the cost of the vaccine is funded by the Government, a $10 pharmacy consultation fee applies. If you’re an eligible HBF Health member, this $10 fee may be fully covered.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program you can visit your GP. It’s important to note that while the vaccine itself is free, your GP may charge a consultation fee.
Please note: limits have been applied to Pharmacy’s supply of enhanced vaccines for patients 65 and over. Enhanced vaccines provided through the NIP are available from GP clinics - please contact your GP to check availability.
For further information on the National Immunisation Program go to https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-immunisation-program
Can the flu vaccine protect me from Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
While the flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of flu, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses. This position is supported by Health Minister, Brad Hazzard.
What happens during my appointment?
A trained* Pharmacist will administer a flu vaccination.
A prescription will not be required and the process only takes a few minutes.
Before you are vaccinated, your Pharmacist will ensure pre-vaccination questionnaire is completed and take you through Flu Vaccination safety information. We are taking extra precautions due to COVID-19, please click here for details.
Following your vaccination, your Pharmacist ask you to wait in the pharmacy for a 15 minute observation period and provide you with a printed or digital confirmation statement.
*Pharmacists providing the flu vaccination service have successfully completed an immunisation course approved by the Department of Health, as well as first aid, CPR, and anaphylaxis training.
Why do I have to wait for 15 minutes after being vaccinated?
If a serious reaction to the flu vaccine occurs, it will usually occur within 15 minutes of being vaccinated. It is important for you to wait in the pharmacy for 15 minutes after being vaccinated so you can be observed for any serious reactions.
Pharmacists who deliver vaccinations are trained in first aid and CPR and know how to respond to an anaphylactic reaction. In the unlikely event of a severe reaction, the Pharmacist and other pharmacy team members will act immediately to provide emergency assistance.
Influenza (often called ‘the flu’) is a common, highly contagious virus that affects your respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). It is not the same as the common cold. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, and nose, throat and lung congestion.
The flu is a serious illness which can lead to complications and sometimes hospitalisation.
The flu spreads from person to person through the air when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can also catch the flu from touching a contaminated surface or someone’s hand with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Who's most at risk of the flu?
Do I need to get a flu vaccination every year?
The flu virus can change from year to year, and because immunity from the vaccination is not long lasting, an annual vaccination is recommended for best protection.
Are there any side effects with the flu vaccine?
Some people may experience mild side effects following vaccination, such as:
- Localised pain, redness and/or swelling at the injection site
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Muscle aches
- Occasionally, an injection-site lump that may last several weeks
- Low-grade temperature (fever)
These side effects are usually mild, lessen within a few days, and do not normally require treatment.
More severe immediate adverse effects, such as hives or anaphylaxis, are very rare side effects of the influenza vaccination.
Your Pharmacist is trained to recognise and manage any immediate, severe reactions. They will review a pre-screening assessment prior to vaccinating you.
Will the Pharmacist swab the injection site?
Swabbing the injection site with an alcohol wipe prior to vaccination is no longer recommended or required unless the skin is visibly dirty. There is no increased risk of infection when the skin is not swabbed, in fact, the alcohol in the wipe can irritate the skin.
Are the vaccines delivered by qualified people?
Yes. At Pharmacy 777, vaccinations are delivered by Pharmacists who have successfully completed an immunisation course approved by the Department of Health, as well as first aid, CPR, and anaphylaxis training.
The flu vaccine passes stringent Government safety testing before being approved for use, and your Pharmacist will review a pre-screening assessment prior to vaccinating you.
Some people may experience mild side effects such as tenderness and/or redness at the injection site. This usually clears within a few days.
More severe immediate adverse effects, such as hives or anaphylaxis, are very rare side effects of influenza vaccination. Your Pharmacist is trained to recognise and manage any immediate, severe reactions.
The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy). Please note, if you are currently pregnant, you may be eligible for a Medicare funded vaccine through your GP. To find out more about your eligibility and any out of pocket costs, please contact your GP for more information.
Does the flu vaccine work straight away?
No. Protection from a flu vaccine does not occur immediately. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your immune system to form antibodies which will provide protection.
Can you get the flu from a flu vaccination?
No. There is no live virus in the flu vaccine, so you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
When you receive a flu vaccination, your immune system’s response is to form protective proteins (antibodies) which will provide protection. Sometimes, flu-like symptoms may occur within 6-12 hours of receiving the vaccine and last 1-2 days. This is a common reaction to many vaccines.