We have all been on the edge of our seats to hear about our COVID vaccinations but what about our usual Flu Vaccinations?
Vaccinating in autumn provides protection before the peak influenza season. Employment Ready can provide on-site Flu vaccinations for your employees to limit the disruption of the working day.
Can I get a flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccination experts recommend waiting 14 days between getting a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine. Given this, it will be important to plan both vaccinations.
It doesn’t matter in what order you get the vaccines. However:
- If you are in earlier phases for COVID-19 vaccination, you should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. You can then plan your flu vaccination.
- If you are in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination, you should get the flu vaccine as soon as you can. This will ensure you are ready to get your COVID‑19 vaccine when it is available to you.
You can check what phase you are in using the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker through the SA Health website.
When you book in for your flu vaccination, remember to tell your vaccination provider or clinic if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine (and when you received it). This will help them to plan your appointment.
Possible side effects of the flu vaccine
Like any medications, the flu vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects. Common side effects may include:
- Pain, redness & swelling at the injection site
- Drowsiness, tiredness or irritability
- Muscle aches
- Low grade fever of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius.
Some side effects may appear as ‘flu-like’ symptoms, but all flu vaccines currently available in Australia do not contain live virus and cannot cause the flu. Rare side effects may include a severe allergic reaction. If you are concerned or worried, seek further advice from your doctor, immunisation provider, SA Health’s Immunisation Section or healthdirect Australia. Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Reducing the side effects of the flu vaccine
Many of the common side effects can often be reduced by:
- Drinking extra fluids
- Taking paracetamol as per the instructions on the packet/bottle
- Not overdressing if you are already hot
*The above/attached information on flu vaccinations and influenza have been compiled from the South Australian Government and SA Health Websites