Flu vaccination information and resources

As a Monash Health employee, vaccination or declaration is mandatory.

Flu Vaccination Declaration form

Please complete the Declaration form if you have received your vaccination somewhere else or do not wish to participate.

Declaration form

Complete the quick online declaration form if you have received your vaccination elsewhere; this includes our drive-in immunisation clinics. You must also complete the declaration form if you do not intend to receive the flu vaccine. It takes less than 1 minute.

Where to get vaccinated

There are a few ways you can get your flu vaccination.

Vaccination launch onsite

Infection Prevention will be setting up vaccination stations at Monash Health sites on the following dates:

  • Casey Hospital – Wednesday 14 April (Main foyer, 8.30am to 4pm)
  • Monash Medical Centre, Clayton – Thursday 15 April (Lecture theatre 1, 8am to 4pm)
  • Dandenong Hospital – Thursday 15 April (Employee cafeteria, 8am to 3.30pm)
  • Kingston Centre – Monday 19 April (Socialisation building, 7am to 4pm)
  • Moorabbin Hospital – Tuesday 20 April (Annex, 10am to 3pm)

Mobile vaccination

Mobile immunisers will be making ward rounds, including after-hours rounds and weekend rounds. Teams will also be visiting Community sites to administer the vaccine.

Infection Prevention offices

After the initial launch days at various sites, you will be able to receive your vaccination by attending the Infection Prevention office at your chosen site. You are welcome to attend between 7.15am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Infection Prevention Office locations

For any general enquiries call 9594 2623 or email: infectionprevention@monashhealth.org

LocationLocation descriptionContact number
Monash Medical Centre ClaytonLevel 29594 2623
DandenongLevel 19554 8173
Casey HospitalAllied Health Area opposite Ward D8768 1669
Moorabbin HospitalEnquire at Reception9928 8805
KingstonEast Block9265 1781

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to get the flu vaccination?

We strongly encourage all employees to receive a flu vaccination. Flu vaccination is an easy and safe way of protecting ourselves, our patients and each other.

Without a vaccine, you may get severely sick, and even pass on the flu to vulnerable colleagues, relatives and patients.  In the future, you may not be able to work in some areas where patients are vulnerable.

I had my COVID-19 vaccine, is it safe to get the flu vaccine?

Yes, it is safe to have both vaccines. However, you should ensure there is a two week gap between getting any COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccine – including the influenza vaccine.

I am working from home, what should I do? 

If you are working remotely, you can visit one of the Infection Prevention Offices at Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong, Moorabbin, Kingston or Casey Hospital, which are open from Monday to Friday. You are also welcome to come onsite during the vaccination days at particular sites.

You can also choose to receive your vaccination off-site at a pharmacy or GP. If you have received your vaccination elsewhere or are not participating, you must complete the quick online declaration form.

I already received my flu vaccination this year, what do I do?

If you received your flu vaccination outside of Monash Health, you must declare by filling out the online declaration form.

How long does the flu vaccination last?

Influenza strains change from year to year, which is why annual vaccination is needed for protection.

Protection from the vaccine also declines over time, beginning at approximately six months which is adequate for the Southern hemisphere flu season.

I’ve reacted to the flu vaccine in the past and now have a homeopathic alternative, will this be recognised?

No, a homeopathic alternative will not be recognised. The flu vaccine is proven to be safe, even for people with egg allergies. If you have any concerns, please discuss it with our Infection Prevention team or your GP.

Can I get the flu from the vaccine?

No. You may experience a slight mild temperature; this is not the flu. It is the normal reaction of your immune system developing antibodies.

Remember, it takes around two weeks to develop antibodies after receiving the vaccine, so during that time you remain susceptible to the virus.

Why do I need my Medicare number for flu vaccination?

To keep accurate records of immunisation, it is now mandatory for us to record your flu vaccination in the Australian Immunisation Register.

I’m allergic to eggs, and I hear the vacine has contact with egg product during production. Can I still have the flu vaccine safely?

The main contraindication to flu vaccination is a previous severe reaction. If you have any concerns, please discuss it with an immuniser or your GP.

What if I work night/shift/casual/in the community?

Vaccinations are available at Infection Prevention offices at various times over the next few weeks.

As in previous years, there will be pop-up immunisation stations, mobile rounds, and after-hours rounds and weekend rounds.

Will previous flu vaccines give me some level of protection?

No, flu viruses are constantly changing. A person’s immune protection from the vaccine declines over time. Annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection

What do I need to bring to prove I am a Monash Health employee?

Please bring your employee ID card, employee ID number and Medicare number.

When do I need to have my vaccination by?

We recommend you have your flu vaccination as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure you are vaccinated or have completed the declaration form.

Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant women?

Yes. Following birth, mothers who have the flu vaccine while pregnant provide their babies with a bit of extra protection against the flu.

Do I need to get the flu vaccine every year?

Yes, flu viruses are constantly changing. A person’s immune protection from the vaccine declines over time. Annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.

Are there any side effects to the flu vaccine?

The most common side effects of flu vaccines are mild and may include soreness or redness at the injection site, aches and mild fever.

Is the flu vaccine safe for older people?

Yes, the flu vaccine is especially important for older people and anyone with weakened immunity or chronic medical conditions. Research shows that the flu vaccine can even protect against heart attacks.

Can I still work if I don’t get the flu shot?

All Monash Health employees need to be vaccinated or complete the declaration form.

Will Monash Health pay for my flu vaccine or refund me if I get it done somewhere else?

Monash Health can only provide free vaccines to our employees with the vaccines supplied. If possible, have the vaccine at a Monash Health site.

Can my family be vaccinated too?

The free vaccination is only available to Monash Health employees. However, we recommend you encourage your family members to receive the vaccine at their local GP or pharmacist.

Is Monash Health sending flu vaccination data to the central register and My Health Record?

No, we are not uploading data onto My Health Record. Vaccinations that are part of the national immunisation schedule are uploaded to the My Health Record, but health care workers vaccinations are not part of this scheme. We can give you a statement of vaccination.

Record of your vaccination will be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register, which is now mandatory.

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