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Pharmacy 777 Pharmacists are committed to protect our community from the spread of the Influenza virus.

Find out more about the 2022 Flu Vaccination Service:



Please note: In WA, masks are still required for people aged 12 and over in heathcare settings. Please remember to bring a mask to wear for your appointment in our consultation room.  

Aged 5-64?

Our Flu Vaccination service costs $24.95 for those aged 5 - 64 years obtaining the egg-based quadrivalent Influenza vaccine*. Vaccinations are administered in a private consultation room by your 777 Pharmacist. 

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*Please be advised, if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, are pregnant, or have certain medical condition which increase your risk factors you may be eligible for a flu vaccine funded under the NIP. Although community pharmacies in WA have access to NIP funded vaccines, availability is limited due to supply caps from WA Health. Where stock is available, an administration fee applies. Flu vaccines funded under NIP are also available through your GP or community immunisation clinic; please visit Department of Health or speak to your GP or pharmacist for more information.


Aged 65 and over? 

  • The Australian Department of Health funds the cost of vaccines for people who are at high risk of Influenza and its complications under the NIP (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.
  • While the cost of the vaccine is covered by the Government, a pharmacy consultation fee applies. If you're an eligible HBF Health Member, this fee may be fully covered.  
  • People aged 65 years and over are eligible to receive their Government-funded Influenza vaccine at Pharmacy 777. 

Please note:

  • If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program 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.
  • Enhanced vaccines provided through the NIP are available from GP clinics - please contact your GP to check availability.

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About this service.

We’re committed to protecting you and your family from the spread of the Influenza virus. Pharmacy 777 Pharmacists can vaccinate children from 5 years up and adults at more than 60 convenient locations, making it even easier to protect our community.

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What to expect:

  • Pending availability, book your flu vaccination online
  • Type in your suburb or postcode and 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
     

Information on timing for your vaccination:

  • An annual flu shot is recommended before the flu season starts. Influenza cases usually peak between June and September in most parts of Australia however 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.
  • The Department of Health have advised a COVID-19 vaccination can be given on the same day as an Influenza vaccination.
  • As Influenza can circulate all year round - 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.

Your safety is our priority.

For public safety due to COVID-19, please follow the guidance of our Pharmacy team regarding when attending your appointment to ensure we provide you with the personalised care and support you need.
 

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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:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • muscle aches
  • headaches, and
  • 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.
 

 

2022 Strains and Vaccines

The recommended composition of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine for Australia in 2022 introduces two new strains for the A (H3N2)-like and B Victoria lineage viruses.

In 2022, Egg & Cell based Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccines are available in Australia.

The Egg-based Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine components for the Australian 2022 Influenza season will contain the following:

  • An A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • An A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • A B/Austria/1359417/2021-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • A B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus

The Cell-based Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine components for the Australian 2022 Influenza season will contain the following:

  • An A/Wisconsin/588/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • An A/Darwin/6/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • A B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • A B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus


Please refer to FAQs for further vaccine details or contact your Pharmacist.

 


How much does a flu vaccination cost?

Our Flu Vaccination service costs $24.95 for those aged 5 - 64 years obtaining the egg-based quadrivalent Influenza vaccine.

Where NIP funded flu vaccines are available, an administration fee is applicable for eligible patients. For details on who is eligible please see FAQ below on: “What is the National Immunisation Program?”

 

WA HBF MEMBER?

HBF provides one fully covered* Flu Vaccination per year for eligible members at Pharmacy 777.

Before receiving your Flu vaccination, make sure you check that you meet the eligibility criteria. You can check by logging into myHBF or the HBF app, call us on 133 423 or visit your local HBF branch.

*You must be covered for Healthy Living Programs on your Extras cover to be eligible to claim a benefit. Benefit payable once per year. Waiting periods and limits apply. Service must be delivered by an approved, participating Pharmacy 777 in Western Australia. Other criteria, terms and conditions apply.


65 years or over?

  • The Australian Department of Health funds the cost of vaccines for people who are at high risk of Influenza and its complications under the NIP (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.

  • While the cost of the vaccine is covered by the Government, a pharmacy consultation fee applies. If you're an eligible HBF Health Member, this fee may be fully covered. 

  • People aged 65 years and over are eligible to receive their Government-funded Influenza vaccine at Pharmacy 777. 

Please note:

  • If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program 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.

  • Enhanced vaccines provided through the NIP are available from GP clinics - please contact your GP to check availability.

 

Frequently asked questions about the service.


  • When is the best time to get vaccinated?

    The Department of Health recommends to arrange an annual 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. 

    Outside of the typical flu season months, influenza vaccinations are recommended for particular groups all year round where risk of transmission to those who have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection is a risk. These groups include:

    -healthcare workers and providers, particularly those caring for people who are immunocompromised

    -carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups, including people who provide home care to people at high risk of influenza

    -people working in early childhood education and care

    -people who provide essential community services

    -people experiencing homelessness

    -staff or volunteers caring for people experiencing homeless

    -all residents, staff, volunteers, and visitors to aged care and long-term residential facilities

    -students and trainees who need to attend a clinical or practical placement in a hospital, medical clinic, aged care or childcare facility are often required to have the up to date flu vaccination by both training organisation and placement location.

  • What about timing between vaccines?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is delivered in two doses with a booster dose from 3 months from your second dose. Click here for more information.

    The Department of Health have advised a COVID-19 vaccine can be given on the same day as an influenza vaccine.  

    For the timing between the COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccines, please speak to your Pharmacist, GP or immunising health care professional about the most appropriate time to make your appointment.  
     

     

  • 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.

    Outside of the typical flu season months, influenza vaccinations are recommended for particular groups all year round where risk of transmission to those who have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection is a risk. These groups include:

    -healthcare workers and providers, particularly those caring for people who are immunocompromised

    -carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups, including people who provide home care to people at high risk of influenza

    -people working in early childhood education and care

    -people who provide essential community services

    -people experiencing homelessness

    -staff or volunteers caring for people experiencing homeless

    -all residents, staff, volunteers, and visitors to aged care and long-term residential facilities

    -students and trainees who need to attend a clinical or practical placement in a hospital, medical clinic, aged care or childcare facility are often required to have the up to date flu vaccination by both training organisation and placement location.



     

  • What is the flu?

    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.

  • How do you get the flu?

    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?

    People with underlying medical conditions or reduced immunity are most at risk of severe disease from seasonal influenza. To find out more, visit https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Flu-influenza

     

  • 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 (NIP). These vaccines are distributed under the supervision of the WA Department of Health, who determine availability and recommended timing for the vaccine.

    In 2022, WA has extended the NIP funded Influenza vaccines through community pharmacy to include: 
    - Primary school-aged children (aged 5 and above)
    - Aboriginal persons aged 5 years and above
    - Pregnant women (during any stage)
    - Persons aged 65 years and above
    - Persons aged 5 years and above with an underlying medical condition that places them at risk of serious influenza infection and complications

    People aged 65 years and over can now receive their NIP-funded enhanced flu vaccine at Pharmacy 777 (please note, vaccine availability is limited so if your local Pharmacy 777 does not have available appointments online, please contact them directly to check if they have any vaccines and appointments).

    For the other eligible groups listed above, we are currently waiting for stock to arrive in-pharmacy and online bookings will be available soon.  

    While the cost of the vaccine is funded by the Government, a pharmacy consultation fee applies. 

    Click here to make a booking.

    If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program 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.

    Please note: 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, Greg Hunt.



     

  • 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.

    It is important that you report and discuss any side effects or reactions from your vaccination event (or any other medications) with your Pharmacist.

    You can also self-report any adverse events or reactions on the TGA website www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems 
     

  • Is the flu vaccine safe?

    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.

  • 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 immunity. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How do I make bookings for my whole family?

    For multiple or family bookings please contact your pharmacy to book.
    Click here to find your nearest pharmacy.

  • What if I want to book for a large group or my business?

    Pharmacy 777 has corporate booking options available to find out more please click here.

  • Can I bring my children to be vaccinated at the pharmacy?

    In Western Australian, Pharmacists can now administer Influenza vaccinations to people aged 5 years and over. 

    Legislations in New South Wales and South Australia currently allow Pharmacists to immunise patients 10 years and over.

    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?"

     

  • 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 you can either call, visit or email your pharmacy to cancel or reschedule. 

    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.