The 2022 UQ flu vaccination program has now closed. 

Flu is a very serious and highly contagious illness. Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce their risk of getting the flu. The flu vaccine is one of several vaccinations recommended for all staff.

Further information is available in the FAQs

Each year, UQ provides free flu (influenza) vaccinations for:

  • UQ staff, including casual and fixed-term staff
  • HDR students.

The flu vaccine is updated each year to protect against the flu strains most likely to circulate in the Southern Hemisphere.

If you're 65 or over, you can see your doctor or make a bulk-billed appointment at UQ Health Care St Lucia to discuss the free age-specific vaccine, which provides increased protection against flu. This vaccine is provided by the federal government via the National Immunisation Program.

If you're under 18, talk to your doctor or a pharmacy about the vaccination.

Do I have to wait between getting the Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines can be administered on the same day as an influenza vaccine as two separate vaccinations. Studies show that you do not need to wait any time between receiving COVID vaccination and Flu vaccination. Receiving the vaccines on the same day is safe and produces a good immune response. The COVID-19 vaccine does not protect against the flu, so you should still have your annual flu shot.

Speak with your usual health care provider to see if this is right for you.

Evidence of flu vaccinations

Once you’ve had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status. You can get this through myGov or by calling Medicare on 1800 653 809, even if you don’t have a Medicare number.

Immunisation register legislation changes

In 2021, there were changes to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) legislation, and it is now mandatory for all vaccines to be submitted to the AIR. The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. This is why you will need to upload your medicare details when making the booking. 

Having a complete record on AIR helps:

  • avoid unnecessary re-vaccination
  • individuals and their vaccination providers know what vaccines they have had and when they are due
  • health authorities and professionals to manage outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.

You can find additional information regarding content, purpose and protected information in the register in the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015.

More information

See Queensland Health’s flu information to find out more about:

  • signs and symptoms
  • treatment
  • transmission
  • prevention.

Frequently asked questions