The Influvac Tetra Vaccine for Influenza

What is influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is commonly known as the flu and can cause mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, chills, a sore throat, a cough, body aches, and fatigue. In some cases, influenza can lead to more serious complications, such as pneumonia.


Who is eligible for a vaccination?

Flu vaccinations are available each year from April until December. Our Vaccinating Pharmacists are able to administer both funded and non-funded flu vaccines. Criteria for a funded free vaccine are set by Pharmac each year. For 2024, eligible people include:

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • people who have a long-term medical condition like diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition (ages 6 months and older)
  • pregnant people
  • children aged 4 years and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
  • people with mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder
  • people who are currently accessing secondary or tertiary mental health and addiction services.
  • For a full list of the current criteria included conditions covered click here (opens a new window)


Are there any possible side effects?

Every medication can have side effects, vaccinations are no different. Most side effects from vaccinations will settle within a few days and can be managed by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If you are concerned about a reaction you might be having to your vaccination phone us on 03 477 9793 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Common reponses:
  • Mild pain, redness and swelling around injection site 
  • Headache, muscle aches, fatigue


More information including how to book:

Our qualified Vaccinating Pharmacists administer a number of funded and non-funded vaccinations.