At South Melbourne Medical Hub, we offer patients with flu two options:
If you book with our nurses:
This vaccination option is quick and efficient. A consultation with one of our doctors is not required. A fee of $25 for private vaccinations covers the cost of your flu vaccine and the nurse consultation at our Melbourne clinic. A fee of $10 applies to Government Funded vaccinations.
If you book with one of the doctors:
The consultation with one of our doctors is bulk billed for all patients, and the vaccine is offered at a cost of $20. Please note that the consult will be bulk billed if it is ONLY for the vaccine.
What is Influenza?
Influenza is a common viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose and throat. An annual flu shot vaccine in Melbourne can help prevent the flu and limit its complications.
What are the Symptoms of Influenza?
Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhoea can also occur in children. Most symptoms usually last 3-5 days, although cough and fatigue may persist for 2 weeks.
How Does Influenza Spread?
Influenza spreads when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk, sending droplets with the virus into the air and potentially into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.
Why Does the Influenza Vaccine Get Updated Each Year?
The vaccines are designed to protect people from at least three different virus strains, and they are constantly evolving. This is why each year the Influenza vaccines are also reviewed and updated.
What are the Strains Included in the Australian 2021 Flu Vaccine?
- A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)–like virus;
- B/Washington/02/2019 – Like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
Who is at a Higher Risk of Suffering from the Flu?
Anyone can get influenza. For those in a high-risk category, the flu is severe and can potentially be fatal.
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.
- Adults 65 years of age and older.
- Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum).
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- People who have asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease, blood disorders, kidney disorders, people with a weakened immune system.
How effective is the Influenza Vaccine?
The flu vaccine is generally considered to be 80-90% effective in preventing influenza illnesses in healthy adults. Please remember that it takes about 2 weeks for a person to develop antibodies and this protects against influenza infection.
You can book your flu vaccine at our clinic in South Melbourne to protect yourselves and your family against possible illnesses.