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 2019, seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are being funded by the Australian and Victorian governments for some eligible members of the community. 

If you are eligible, you can get the free flu vaccine through our immunisation program. The vaccine is available while stocks last.

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. 

Immunisation sessions calendar
Venue       May June July August September
Nar Nar Goon Public Hall
Spencer St, Nar Nar Goon
10am to 11am      
Thurs 2 Thurs 6 Thurs 4 Thurs 1 Thurs 5
Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre
8 O’Neil Rd, Beaconsfield
10am to 11am         
Wed 8 Wed 12 Wed 10 Wed 14 Wed 11
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside  Blvd, Pakenham
1pm to 2pm

Wed 8 (1-2pm)


Thu 23 (9:30-11:30am)

Wed 12 Wed 10 Wed 14

Wed 11

Pakenham Public Hall
John St, Pakenham
9.30am to 11.30 am
No session Thurs 27 Thurs 25 Thurs 22 Thurs 26 
Gemco Players Comm Theatre
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald
9.30am to 10.30am
Wed 15 Wed 19 Wed 17 Wed 21  Wed 18
Gembrook Community Centre
Gembrook Rd, Gembrook   
11.30am to 12.30pm
Wed 15 Wed 19 Wed 17 Wed 21 Wed 18
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
5.30pm to 7.30pm    
Tues 21 Tues 18 Tues 16 Tues 20 Tues 17
Pakenham Public Hall
John St, Pakenham
5.30pm to 7.30pm    
Tues 14 Tues 11 Tues 9 Tues 13 Tues 10
Toomah Community Centre
Golden Green St, Pakenham
5.30pm to 7.30pm
Wed 22 Wed 26 Wed 24 Wed 28 Wed 25

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