Free staff flu vaccine: What you need to know


Bookings are now open for Macquarie’s free influenza vaccination program for staff, with appointments at the Macquarie University Clinic available between 3-28 May.


If you are a continuing, fixed term or casual employee of Macquarie University (including U@MQ and MQ Health employees), you can visit the staff flu vaccine webpage to make your appointment.

With COVID-19 vaccinations also being rolled out by the Australian Government, you may have some additional questions and concerns about getting your flu vaccine this year.  Here are a few FAQs.

Will the seasonal influenza vaccine protect me against COVID-19, or vice versa?
No, you will need separate vaccinations to protect yourself – and the community – from these two potentially deadly viruses.

Do I really need an influenza vaccination this year? I thought flu cases were way down…
It’s true that there were low numbers of influenza cases last year, partly due to decreased social interaction and more vigilant hygiene practices associated with COVID-19 measures. But with most restrictions now lifted, there is a risk of higher rates of influenza in the community this winter and NSW Health recommends you get vaccinated to minimise this risk.

Do I need to stagger my influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations?
NSW Health advises that there no clinical evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines react with any other vaccine. However, the suggested minimum interval between either of the available COVID-19 vaccines and any influenza vaccine is 14 days. It is not recommended that you receive an influenza vaccine on the same day as a COVID-19 vaccine.

Visit the NSW Health website for more FAQs about seasonal flu or COVID-19 vaccinations.









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