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Flu Clinics FAQ

Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is recommended for any person six months of age and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu.

How is the flu vaccine given?
Flu vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age, and into the top of the arm from 12 months of age.

What are the 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 and 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.

Can I reduce the likelihood of side effects from the flu vaccine?
Many of the common side effects can often be reduced by:
- drinking extra fluids
- resting
- taking paracetamol as per the instructions on the packet/bottle
- not overdressing if you are already hot.

Do I have to wait between getting the Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine. Studies show that co-administration of COVID-19 and influenza vaccines 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.

Source: SA Health

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