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We’ve worked exceptionally hard to make our 2020 premium increase the lowest of all 35 health insurers in Australia. HBF’s CEO, John Van Der Wielen shares how we achieved this result.
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Yes, you’ll need to book an appointment to get your flu shot.
HBF flu vaccinations are administered through Friendlies Pharmacy, please check their website for the most up to date information on stock availably.
Some people may experience mild side effects following vaccination, such as:
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
Your pharmacist will check your suitability for a flu vaccination prior to vaccinating you.
Yes. At Friendlies, 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
The flu vaccine passes stringent Government safety testing before being approved for use. Plus, your
pharmacist will check your suitability 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.
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.
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.
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