Fully covered flu vaccination

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Fight the flu with a fully covered flu vaccination*

Help protect yourself and those around you with a flu vaccination at a participating pharmacy near you.

  • For eligible HBF health members

    Simply present your member card at your appointment to identify yourself as an HBF member.

  • Delivered by a Pharmacist

    All pharmacists have completed an immunisation course approved by the Department of Health, first aid, CPR and anaphylaxis training.

  • Private consultation area

    Receive your vaccination quickly and conveniently in a private area at your local pharmacy.

A flu vaccination is your best defence against the flu. What else can you do?

Here are six more ways to help protect yourself from getting the flu this winter.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

    Germs spread faster this way.

  • Wash your hands

    Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water.

  • Keep your distance

    Try to keep a distance from people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough

    Be sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

  • Stay away from work

    When you’re sick it's best to stay away from others.

  • Boost your immune system

    Fresh fruit, veg and vitamins will prevent or reduce symptoms.

Flu Vac FAQs

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.

Do I need an appointment to get a flu shot?

Yes, you’ll need to book an appointment to get your flu shot.

HBF flu vaccinations are administered through Pharmacy 777, please check their website for the most up to date information on stock availability.

Will HBF refund my benefit if I get the Flu vaccine through another pharmacy?

No, HBF has an exclusive alliance in WA with Pharmacy 777. Pharmacy 777 is WA’s leading pharmacy network and provides a benefit to eligible HBF members as part of a range of services administered across Pharmacy 777 stores.

HBF has a number of participating pharmacies outside of WA, details of these can be found on our website. Please ensure you select your home state at the top left of the home page.

Are there any side effects of the flu shot?

Some people may experience mild side effects following vaccination, such as:

  • drowsiness or tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • localised pain, redness and/or swelling at the injection site
  • occasionally, an injection-site lump that may last several weeks
  • low-grade temperature (fever)

These side effects are usually mild, subside within a few days and do not normally require treatment.

More severe immediate adverse effects, such as hives or anaphylaxis, are very rare consequences of influenza vaccination. Your Pharmacist is trained to recognise and manage any immediate, severe reactions. As part of your vaccination you will be asked to wait up to 15 minutes to observe any reactions.

Your Pharmacist will conduct a pre-screening assessment for a flu vaccination prior to vaccinating you.

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.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

The flu vaccine passes stringent Government safety testing before being approved for use. Plus, your Pharmacist will conduct a pre-screening assessment for a flu vaccination 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 consequences of influenza vaccination. Your Pharmacist is trained to recognise and manage any immediate, severe reactions.

As part of your vaccination you will be asked to wait up to 15 minutes to observe any reactions.

Can you get the flu from a flu shot?

No. The viruses in the flu vaccine are not capable of causing the flu as they are inactive or ‘dead’. When you receive a flu vaccination, your immune system’s response is to form 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.

Why is it important to have a flu vaccination?

Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing and stopping the spread of the flu. It will protect you and those around you who may be at increased risk of flu related complications, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical condition or reduced immunity.

Vaccinating against the flu helps to reduce the chance of more serious outcomes and related complications.