The 2021 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.

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.

Timing your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days.

There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The dose of influenza vaccine can be given in any sequential order in relation to the 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. An influenza vaccine dose can be administered between dose 1 and dose 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine if sufficiently spaced apart to allow for minimal intervals between vaccines.

Further information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

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

There have been recent changes to 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.

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.

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