Flu vaccines are now available at UNSW Health Service. The flu vaccine is provided free to all staff and students and is strongly recommended. For more information about the Flu Vaccine refer to NSW Health or Department of Health.
Where can I get the flu vaccination?
To get the flu vaccine you are required to attend a health service or a pharmacy. UNSW health service has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and has put procedures in place to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. You can also access flu vaccinations via your local pharmacy or GP.
How do I book my flu vaccine at UNSW Health service?
Prior to Easter:
If you require an appointment prior to Easter, please call the health service on 9385 5425 and staff will arrange an appropriate time to minimise patient congestion. Please note that we will have limited availability before 14th April as it is a short week.
Read through and sign the consent form and bring it with you to your flu consultation.
Only those with appointments will be able to attend the Health Service to receive a vaccination. Please call if there are any changes to your appointment time or if you have any cold or flu symptoms and we will arrange for a telehealth consult to monitor your health.
To make an appointment with our Flu Clinics between 14th - 28th April, you will be required to register online. Follow these steps as directed:
- Click here to make an online booking.
- Login (click on existing patient if you have visited UNSW Health Service before) or Register (select new patient if you have not visited UNSW Health Service before). Log in to proceed with a booking.
- Proceed to the “practitioner of your choice” third tab down, then select either “FLU CLINIC 1" or "FLU CLINIC 2" TAB. If you cannot find any appointments in clinic 1 then please proceed to clinic 2. - DO NOT CLICK ON THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER TAB.
- Make an appointment at a time and a date of your choosing.
- Read through and sign this consent form. Print this and bring it with you to your appointment. This is a compulsory requirement for your vaccination.
- If you are a new client complete this registration form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To cancel or change appointments please revisit the email confirmation to make the changes.
Should I get the flu vaccine now?
The UNSW Health Service will be offering flu vaccines all year and traditionally we do most vaccinating from mid-April to late May. Whilst there has been advice regarding the need to obtain an early flu please note that average peak cases occur in late August and into September so another vaccine may be required in July. Please postpone your flu vaccination if you have cold and flu symptoms or are unwell. STILL not sure about this?
How will UNSW Health Service maintain physical distancing?
The UNSW Health service is managing appointment times to ensure physical distancing can be maintained at all times by distributing appointment times across the day. Additional waiting areas have also been established outside the health service to ensure people waiting for an appointment can maintain physical distancing. Masks, gloves and hand sanitisers will be available to ensure patient safety at all times. For receiving a flu vaccine, a separate entrance has been arranged during peak times.
Why is the flu Vaccine so important this year?
We are strongly recommending everyone is vaccinated this year. The flu won’t prevent you from getting COVID-19 but it will reduce the number of people who get the flu and therefore the number of people needing hospital beds as a result of severe flu, limiting the impact on the health system. It is also possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time which will likely cause significantly worse symptoms.
Flu fact: You can’t catch influenza from the flu shot!