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Flu vaccinations

  • The flu isn’t like the common cold; it’s highly contagious and can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. Symptoms of flu can hit very quickly and may last for several weeks.
  • In 2020, seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are being funded by the Australian and Victorian governments for some eligible members of the community. 
  • The 2020 flu vaccine is not currently available through our immunisation service. The Department of Health and Human Services allocate and distribute this vaccine to Council immunisation providers.  We have been advised that the expected delivery will be early to mid-April. 
  • This page will be updated as soon as we have confirmed when our flu vaccination program will start.  
  • Eligible community members will be able to get the free flu vaccine through our immunisation service once the program starts. 
  • For information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Coronavirus web page

These people can get the free flu vaccine through Council or a GP:

  • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years (please note: children in this age group who get a flu vaccination for the first time need 2 doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of 4 weeks)
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • People with chronic medical conditions.

You do not need to book. 

Immunisation sessions calendar 2020
Venue       May June July August September
Nar Nar Goon Public Hall
Spencer St, Nar Nar Goon
10am to 11am      
Thurs 7 Thurs 4 Thurs 2 Thurs 6 Thurs 3
Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre
8 O’Neil Rd, Beaconsfield
9:30am to 10:30am         
Wed 13 Wed 10 Wed 8 Wed 12 Wed 9
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside  Blvd, Pakenham
12pm to 1pm

Wed 13

Wed 10 Wed 8 Wed 12

Wed 9 

Pakenham Public Hall
John St, Pakenham
9.30am to 11.30 am
Mon 25 Mon 22 Mon 27 Mon 24 Mon 28 
Gemco Players Comm Theatre
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald
9.30am to 10.30am
Wed 20 Wed 17 Wed 15 Wed 19  Wed 16
Gembrook Community Centre
Gembrook Rd, Gembrook   
11.30am to 12.30pm
Wed 20 Wed 17 Wed 15 Wed 19 Wed 16
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
4.30pm to 6.30pm    
Tues 19 Tues 16 Tues 21 Tues 18 Tues 15
Pakenham Public Hall
John St, Pakenham
4.30pm to 6.30pm    
Wed 27 Wed 24 Wed 22 Wed 26 Wed 23
Toomah Community Centre
Golden Green St, Pakenham
4.30pm to 6.30pm
Mon 4 Mon 1 Mon 6 Mon 3 Mon 7

Those outside of these eligible groups can still receive the vaccine through a GP or pharmacy at a

cost. It would be best to call in advance to check availability and/or make an appointment.

  • Sudden high temperature (38o C or more)
  • A dry cough
  • Sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Feeling extremely weak or tired
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you’re sick, stay home if possible

The best things you can do are rest, stay at home and drink plenty of fluids. If you do need to see a GP, make sure you call ahead first.

For some people, taking antiviral medication early on can help lessen the effects of flu. Speak to your GP about whether you might need to take antiviral medication, especially if you’re in an at-risk group.

 

Go to the Better Health website