Flu vaccinations provide effective protection from the adverse effects of the flu and can help prevent sickness that impacts on study and work commitments.
Annual flu vaccinations at USC
USC's annual flu vaccination program is bulk billed for USC students and staff with a valid Medicare card. International students can receive a free vaccination, but a doctor's consultation fee may be charged at the Health Hub Doctors, Morayfield. Extended family members are not eligible to receive vaccinations.
Dates and times
The 2020 flu vaccination program will be conducted at pharmacies or medical centres close to each USC campus.
What do I need to bring?
- USC student or staff ID card
- Medicare Card
International students must bring:
- USC student ID card
- Allianz Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card
- Influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 coronavirus
- You cannot get flu from the vaccine—it does not contain any live viruses. If you get sick after you receive a flu injection it is likely you had already been exposed to the virus prior to the vaccination.
- Everyone who comes into contact with the flu virus is at risk of getting sick regardless of their level of health and fitness.
- Natural immunity is no guarantee of protection. The flu virus changes constantly and there is no guarantee that your body will have built up immunity to the coming strains of flu.
- Vitamins are not guaranteed to protect you against the flu. There is no conclusive evidence that Vitamin C or Echinacea will reduce the risk of getting flu.
- Antibiotics do not work against viruses like influenza.
- Annual vaccination is a safe and effective way to reduce your risk of getting flu.
- At risk populations include:
- People over 65 years of age.
- People with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema (COPD) or kidney failure.
- Pregnant women.
Further information on the Influenza virus is available at the following websites:
Contact Student Wellbeing for more information.