Flu vaccinations provide effective protection from the adverse effects of the flu and can help prevent sickness that impact on study and work commitments.
Seasonal influenza results in approximately 3,000 deaths and 18,000 hospitalisations in Australia annually and substantial loss to industry and the economy through illness caused absenteeism.
Annual flu vaccinations at USC
USC's annual flu vaccination program is bulk billed and available to students and staff of the University with a valid Medicare card or Allianz Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). At USC Caboolture, international students will need to pay upfront and seek reimbursement from their health fund. Extended family members are not eligible to receive vaccinations.
The four strain quadrivalent vaccine (Afluria Quad) will be offered in 2019 for protection against:
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 – like virus (A/Singapore/GP1908/2015 (IVR-180A))
- A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) – like virus (A/Brisbane/01/2018 (X-311))
- B/Colorado/06/2017 - like virus (B/Maryland/15/2016)
- B/Phuket/3073/2013 - like virus (B/Phuket/3073/2013 (BVR-1B))
Dates and times
The 2019 flu vaccination program has concluded. Dates for April and May 2020 will be published when confirmed.
What do I need to bring?
- Medicare Card
- Consent form (USC Sunshine Coast and USC Caboolture)
International students at USC Sunshine Coast must bring:
- Allianz Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card or Temporary Medicare Card or Australia Health Care Card
- Consent form
At USC Caboolture, international students will need to pay upfront and seek reimbursement from their health fund.
- 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.