FLU Vaccination Consent
FLU Vaccination Consent Information
Please read and understand this information related to receiving a flu vaccination before completing the flu vaccination consent form.
Please note our Specialist Public Health Physician is not a GP. Please DO NOT enquire about GP services.
You must be well at the time of your flu vaccination.
Your Flu Vaccination will need to be separated by a minimum of 2 weeks from any COVID vaccination.
What is the flu?
Influenza ("flu") is a highly infectious viral disease which is spread by droplet infection. Symptoms vary from person to person but typical symptoms include; shivering, muscle and joint aches and pains, headache, sore throat and cough. The individual often feels hot and cold (shivering). A runny nose would be unusual. Influenza is often confused with the common cold. It is likely you will have only a few bouts of a “true flu” in a lifetime. The rest are “colds”.
Up to 20% of the community may be infected with the flu on an annual basis. Virus strains change on an annual basis.
Up to 1500 hundred people die annually from the flu. Three hundred Australians died from flu in 2019.
Before you receive the vaccine
Take time to read the questions contained in the consent form that will be emailed to you. You may complete the consent form in the clinic if you do not have the means to do the consent form electronically, but we are strongly encouraging "no touch" consent form completion in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
If you have any questions regarding the vaccine please speak with the doctor.
About the Flu Vaccine
The flu vaccine is mostly well-tolerated.
Occasional side effects do occur. These include tenderness, discomfort and redness at the injection site. This usually settles over a few days.
"Flu-like" symptoms may occur. This is described as a feeling of being unwell with muscle aches and pains. This does not mean you have the flu.
Some important facts about the flu vaccine
Flu vaccines provide good protection against the commonly circulating flu viruses. The 2020 Influenza vaccine differs in 3 strains from the 2019 formulation.
No vaccine is 100% effective, but it is probably between 50% and 70% protective. It is likely to reduce severity even if not totally protective.
Flu vaccine may prevent you from infecting someone who has a serious medical condition or is pregnant.
High levels of immunity within the community may reduce circulation of the virus.
Flu vaccination may reduce the risk of lost earnings, spoiling a sporting or social event or impacting on education (particularly year 12 students)
A flu vaccine is particularly important when travelling. Your risk of exposure is greater (airports and commuter transport) and any time lost can have a major impact on your memories of the trip.
Flu vaccines can't protect you from all seasonal coughs and colds. They can only provide immunity for specific viruses. Most minor coughs and cold are caused by different viruses
Flu vaccines cannot provide instant immunity. It can take up to two (2) weeks for the vaccine to provide good protection. This is why it is important to be vaccinated before the flu season begins.
Flu vaccines do not cause symptoms of the flu. There is no live virus in the flu vaccine. It has been inactivated during the manufacturing process. Recipients may experience muscle aches and this may be due to the vaccine. Simple analgesics can be used to modify the symptoms. Flu vaccination can be time-related to an outbreak in the community and the individual may blame the flu vaccination rather than an exposure in the community.