Health Hub Doctors Morayfield will be running a Flu Clinic from Wednesday 13th March and providing private flu vaccines for patients for $12.
Appointments for the Flu Shot can be made online through our website, through the Appointuit App, in person at reception or by calling 07 5322 4900.
From April there will be free government vaccines available for qualifying patients.
Below are some frequently asked questions about our Flu Clinic to assist you.
Appointments can be booked:
- online through our website
- through the Appointuit app
- in person at reception
- by calling 07 5322 4900.
After booking your appointment, please enter through the main reception and inform one of our friendly receptionists you’ve arrived for your flu vaccine. If it’s your first time at our Practice, it’s advised you arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of your appointment time to complete our new patient form. Once this is completed, please ask one of our receptionists to point you in the direction of our height, weight, and blood pressure machines which we ask you to use to help our doctors help you.
Your doctor will ask you about your vaccination history and allergies, and then transfer you to one of our nurses who will confirm your allergies again. This nurse will complete your vaccination form for you to hand to reception. The out-of-pocket cost will be $12. You must wait 15 minutes after the vaccination before leaving.
What is the Flu?
Influenza (or the flu) is a highly contagious, acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. The flu can spread from person to person by:
- Droplets spreading from an infected person when they cough, sneeze or talk,
- Touching surfaces contaminated by infected droplets (including hands, remote controls, phones, keyboards and door handles) and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Signs and Symptoms:
Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after becoming infected.
The symptoms of flu can include:
- sore throat
- dry cough
- muscle and joint pain
- tiredness or extreme exhaustion
In the elderly, fever may be absent and the only signs and symptoms of flu may be:
- shortness of breath
- worsening of a chronic condition
Annual vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and its complications. Vaccination is encouraged to protect family/friends with lowered immunity (babies, grandparents etc). The period where the flu is at its peak of circulation is around June to September, but it is never too late to vaccinate as it can potentially circulate all year round.
The vaccine does not contain live flu viruses and cannot cause flu. However, some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours as their immune system responds to the vaccine.
Are there side effects of the flu vaccine?
There are some very mild and short term common side effects associated with flu vaccination, normally lasting no more than 48 hours. These side effects may be more noticeable in children under five years of age. Side effects include:
- Drowsiness or tiredness
- Muscle aches
- Localised pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
- Occasionally, an injection-site lump (nodule) that may last many weeks but needs no treatment
- Low-grade temperature (fever)
Very rarely do more serious side effects can occur. These tend to be allergic (anaphylactic) reactions to components in the vaccine.
If you are concerned that your side effects are persisting for too long, or they increase in severity, or become concerning to you, please book an appointment or walk in and see one of our GP’s or, if required, call 000.
When is flu vaccination not appropriate?
For some patients, vaccination may not be appropriate. People who this might apply to include;
- Patients who currently have an illness resulting in a fever greater than or equal to 38.5oC
- People with a lowered immunity caused by either a medical condition or medical treatment.
- People who have had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis following a previous dose of the vaccine in question, or to a component of the vaccine.
- Patient with a history of Guillian Barré syndrome
- Patient with a bleeding disorder
Please discuss this with one of our GP’s if you are unsure as to whether the flu vaccine is appropriate for you.