Macquarie University staff seasonal influenza vaccine
Macquarie University staff can now book an appointment for the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Bookings are open now, with vaccinations commencing in May.
The influenza vaccine is available to all continuing, fixed term and casual Macquarie University staff, including U@MQ and MQ Health employees.
Flu vaccines for Macquarie University staff are administered in flu vaccination clinics on campus at MQ Health General Practice.
Please don’t share the link for Macquarie University staff with others. Family and friends and the general public can book into the Marsfield flu clinic.
Bookings are now open.
Appointments will be available 2 May – 18 June 2022.
Macquarie University Clinic
Suite 402A, Level 4,
2 Technology Place, Macquarie University
The seasonal influenza vaccine is different to the COVID-19 vaccine. For information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit the Australian Government’s information page.
Frequently asked questions
See answers to some of the most common questions about influenza and COVID-19 below.
Is it safe to have a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine?
It’s medically safe to have a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, however, for practical reasons, patients will need to book separate appointments for each vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccines for Macquarie University staff are administered in COVID vaccination clinics on campus at MQ Health General Practice.
Are COVID-19 and influenza the same illnesses?
No. Whilst COVID-19 and influenza are both viral respiratory illnesses they are different infections. However, the symptoms can be very similar. Both infections can present with fever or chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue or tiredness or shortness of breath. Influenza also commonly causes headache and body or muscle aches.
Both infections can present with mild disease but unfortunately both can cause severe illness or death. COVID-19 has a higher risk of severe illness and death than influenza.
Are symptoms the same for COVID-19 and influenza?
COVID-19 and influenza have many symptoms in common including: fever, cough, runny nose and fatigue; both illnesses can sometimes cause nasal congestion and sore throat.
Is transmission different in COVID-19 vs influenza?
Both COVID-19 and the influenza virus can spread from person to person. Tiny droplets containing the viruses can pass from someone with the infection to someone else, typically through the nose and mouth via coughing and sneezing. People with either infection can pass the infection on before they show any symptoms.
People should stay at least 1.5 metres away from anyone coughing or sneezing to help prevent the transmission of infections.
How can you prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19 and the flu?
The most effective way of preventing influenza is through vaccination. There are many different strains of influenza and they vary each season. Doctors will try to predict what strains will be most common each winter to select the right vaccine components. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone over six months of age.
The best way to prevent spreading both the influenza and COVID-19 viruses includes:
- cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- put used tissues straight into the bin
- wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
- clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
- increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
Everyone must also stay 1.5 metres away from other people whenever possible. This is called social distancing.