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Pharmacy 777 Pharmacists are committed to protect you and your family from the spread of the influenza virus.

Find out the latest information about the 2021 Flu Vaccination Service:



 

Aged 10-64? 

2021 Flu Vaccination appointments are now available. 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 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.

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Aged 65 and over? 

Please note: the Department of Health has confirmed that through the 2021 Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Vaccination Program for Older Adults, flu vaccines for adults aged 65 and over (sometimes referred to as the ‘enhanced’ vaccine) will be available in-pharmacy. These flu vaccines are funded by the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

The vaccination service is now available at Pharmacy 777 however is limited due to low vaccine supply in-pharmacy.
When making your booking online, please note, due to the limited stock, if your local 777 has no availabilities - please contact them check if they have any stock and appointments available.


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*The NIP funded flu vaccines will also be available through your GP and we advise to contact your medical clinic for more details. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the NIP, it is important to note that while the vaccine itself is free, your GP may charge a consultation fee.


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 10 years up and adults at more than 60 convenient locations, making it even easier to protect you and your family.

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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.
  • There is a minimum 7 day interval between receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and 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.

Special vaccination requirements for 2021:

  • Persons visiting a Residential Aged Care Facility must have an up to date vaccination against influenza as per WA Department of Health’s directions.
  • 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.
  • Click here for further details

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.
 

 

2021 Strains and Vaccines

Based on World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations; the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) have recommended the 2021 quadrivalent influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere influenza season. 

Egg-based quadrivalent influenza vaccines:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
  • 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 $19.95 for those aged 10-64 years obtaining the egg-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine.


HBF MEMBER?

HBF provides benefits for one fully covered* Flu Vaccination per year for eligible members.

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. 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 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, vaccines availability is 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 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.

 

Frequently asked questions about the service.


  • When is the best time to get vaccinated?

    The 2021 flu se‚Äčason 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. 

  • What about timing between vaccines?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is delivered in two doses, at minimum 7 days apart.

    In addition, the preferred minimum interval between the Flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 is 7 days. This approach may reduce the likelihood of overlapping adverse events following immunisation.

    If you are planning to book in for your COVID-19 or Flu vaccine please seek advice from your Pharmacist, GP or immunising health care professional about the most appropriate time to make your appointment, so the minimum interval of 7 days from your COVID-19 or Flu vaccine can be observed.

  • 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.


     

  • 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. 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, vaccines availability is limited so if your local 777 does not have online bookings available, please contact them direct to check if they have any vaccines and appointments).
    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. 
    Click here to make a booking.

    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: 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 email.

  • 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?"

     

  • 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.