Influenza Immunisation Program

NOTE:

As the Monash University free flu vaccination program for eligible staff and students will be concluding on the 24th May, sessions are booking up fast.

If you find you cannot book into a session, please email BPD-OHS-FluVacs@monash.edu and we will do our best to assist.


Flu season is just around the corner, and we are doing our part to keep staff healthy and flu-free as the colder months approach.  It is important we all try to maintain good health over the coming months.

Who can get immunised at Monash University?

  • Eligible staff and eligible students, as determined by faculties and divisions.
  • Occupational Health & Safety will email eligible staff and eligible students about the program.
  • The email will provide information about how to register for the immunisation, including the booking link.
  • The Federal Government funds a specific Influenza Vaccination Program for Australians 65 years of age and over. Our program can provide this government-funded vaccination for you.

NOTE:  If your faculty, division or entity is not participating, you will not be able to register for the immunisation.

How to book your appointment

  1. All eligible staff and eligible students will receive an email with instructions from Occupational Health & Safety and a link to the Health Watch Australia online booking system.
  2. Only eligible participants will be able to book.  When booking, you will be required to sign in through Okta.
  3. You MUST book online to ensure your registration is recorded and to secure a time and venue that is convenient to you.

NOTE:

  • Online registrations will close each day at 5pm.
  • Monash University will NOT accept any walk-ins so it is important to book your session online.

On the day

DO NOT attend a flu vaccination appointment if you are unwell.

You must:

  • Wear a mask while you receive your flu vaccination, as you will be within 1.5 metres of the person providing you with the vaccination.
  • Bring your Monash ID card to be scanned to record your attendance at the time of your vaccination.
  • To cancel your appointment and rebook, refer to your booking confirmation email from Health Watch Australia (HWA).
  • If you have booked to have the age-specific, adjuvanted vaccine available for those aged 65 years or over, you will need to present your Medicare card at your vaccination appointment (per Australian Immunisation Register requirements).

COVID Safe measures:

  • The flu vaccination program will be conducted in accordance with our COVID Safe plan.
  • Our vaccination sites have been assessed to provide adequate space for privacy, physical distancing and other infection control measures.
  • Vaccinators will wear masks and gloves at all vaccination sessions.
  • Extra facilitators will be present to ensure physical distancing measures are maintained and to redirect eligible staff who have not booked.

What’s different this year?

Immunisation providers are now required to record vaccinations through the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This means that your flu vaccination record will be available on your Medicare online account through myGov. For this reason, you will be asked to provide your Medicare card details at the time of booking. If you are not eligible for Medicare, your flu vaccination will still be provided to you free and you will be able to access your vaccination record through My Health Record.

You can also request a paper copy of your immunisation record from the HWA team at the time of your vaccination.  If you forget to ask for a paper copy, you can access your immunisation record via your Medicare online account through myGov, via the Medicare mobile app or by calling AIR. Further information can be found here.

COVID-19 vaccination

NOTE:  The COVID-19 vaccination program is currently being rolled out nationally from federal approved distribution hubs. It is important to note that there are specific recommendations around the timing of the flu and COVID vaccinations. If this applies to you, seek guidance from your GP or health professional about when to be vaccinated.

Further information

Opportunity to participate in a sleep study

The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health Sleep Program is offering staff and students who receive their flu vaccination through Monash (Clayton), the opportunity to participate in a study.  They are looking to understand how a person’s patterns of sleep, wake and exposure to light may relate to the body’s ability to effectively respond to the influenza vaccine.

This study will be conducted by researchers from Monash University, under the supervision of Associate Professor Sean W. Cain and Dr. Michelle Byrne, and led by Malisa Burge, PhD candidate.  If you are interested in participating, contact base.vaccine@monash.edu.  Further information can be found here.

Some facts about the flu!

  • Between 5% and 20% of the Australian population may be infected with influenza each year.
  • Vaccination is the single most effective way of protecting yourself against influenza infection.
  • Hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze, practicing good personal hygiene such as trying not to touch your mouth or nose, are also important preventative measures.
  • Follow these healthy habits to avoid influenza and view these useful health and hygiene resources.