HCi’s Flu vaccine program

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Flu vaccination program

Enabling eligible HCi members access to their annual flu vaccine from a Pharmacy Guild pharmacist at no cost.

 

// HCi FLU VACCINATION PROGRAM

Influenza, or the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory (airways) infection. It affects people of all ages. Although it is often a mild disease, it can also cause serious illness in otherwise healthy people.

Getting the flu vaccine

By getting vaccinated against the flu, you can avoid getting sick, feeling miserable and missing school or work. The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but having the flu could make you more vulnerable to catching COVID or have to miss out on things due to COVID-like symptoms. Besides, who wants to risk having COVID and the flu at the same time!

Being vaccinated against the flu also helps protect other people, especially those who are too sick or young to be vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated in your community, the less likely the flu will spread.

// HCi FLU VACCINATION PROGRAM QUESTIONS

HCi's leaf icon with a green background How do I book into HCi’s flu vaccination program?

We’ve made it easy! Just visit the special booking form on The Pharmacy Guild site, choose the location and time that suit you, then book! The pharmacy will confirm your booking and look forward to seeing you for your flu vaccination.

HCi's leaf icon with a green background Am I eligible for HCi’s flu vaccination program?

HCi will cover the cost of a flu vaccine for all HCi members who

  • have HCi extras or hospital and extras cover
  • between 10 and 65 years of age unless eligible for a free vaccine by the Government
  • Have the 2022 flu vaccine between 1 April and 29 July 2022.

HCi's leaf icon with a green background Does this include the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free from the Government so there is no need for HCi’s vaccination program to cover this. If you have not had all your COVID-19 vaccine doses, you can get this at the same time as your flu vaccine.

HCi's leaf icon with a green background When can I receive my flu vaccine?

The period of peak influenza circulation in Australia typically occurs between June and August, and it is recommended that vaccination occurs before the influenza season starts. Advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) may change slightly from year to year, but vaccination usually commences in April when the seasons updated vaccine stock becomes available.

Pharmacy Guild chemists are providing flu vaccines from 11 April 2022, and the HCi program commences on 20 April 2022. Appointments will be available at various times, depending on your local pharmacy hours. You need to have your vaccine before 29 July 2022.

HCi's leaf icon with a green background What happens at the vaccination?

Once you arrive, you will need to show some identification to the pharmacist – no need to show HCi membership or vouchers for this program. Then, you will receive your flu vaccination without any need for swabs or antiseptics.

Afterwards, you will be asked to wait for about 15 minutes to be sure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Then you go home – easy!

HCi's leaf icon with a green background Do I have to put in a claim with HCi?

No. By booking through the Pharmacy Guild link above, we will be notified of how many members were vaccinated and pay for them in bulk. How easy is that – no paperwork, no fees, no flu!

However, if you received your flu vaccine before being aware of our program, you can make a claim. We will cover up to $20 per member for a 2022 flu vaccine if you don’t use the nominated booking system.

HCi's leaf icon with a green background Who is The Pharmacy Guild of Australia?

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (The Guild) is the peak national organisation representing community pharmacies in Australia. There are more than 5,700 associated pharmacies spread across Australia.

Through member pharmacies, The Guild has several years’ experience in the administration of influenza or flu vaccinations. For more information, please visit www.guildcorporatehealth.com.au.

Woman and man with the flu under a purple umbrella and surrounded by viruses

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