355 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

Advantage Pharmacy Elsternwick

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Advantage Pharmacy Elsternwick has been a trusted part of the Shepparton community since 1979.  We are open 6 days a week from to be here when you need us the most. You can always speak with a pharmacist at Shepparton Amcal Pharmacy.


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355 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

Influenza Vaccinations for patients aged 65+ years will be available from mid April.

Advantage Pharmacy Elsternwick are the convenient choice for all of your general health vaccinations. Some vaccinations are available for FREE for different patients under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)*. Walk ins available or book your convenient appointment via our booking calendar below today.


Some of the vaccinations that we can provide include:

  • COVID-19 (for adults & children 12 years and over) 
  • Influenza (for adults & children over 5 years of age)
  • Whooping Cough 


Moderna and Pfizer XBB.1.5 Variant COVID Booster Vaccine is now available and FREE to ALL Australian Residents. CLICK HERE to see if you are eligible for a COVID vaccine booster.


FREE vaccines covered under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for eligible* patients include:

  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Influenza 


If you are not eligible to receive a FREE vaccine please see the following charges:

  • Influenza: $19.95
  • Shingles: $300
  • Whooping Cough: $60


*To see if you are eligible for vaccination under the NIP program please CLICK HERE.


We will also add any pharmacist administered vaccination to your records - Australian Immunisation Register - so that you and your Doctor will have access to your complete immunisation records. *subject to availability.


For more information about any of the vaccinations including common side effects please CLICK HERE.

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Whooping Cough (also known as pertussis) is a serious disease of the airways. It can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and sometimes death. It is especially serious for babies, but can affect people at any age.


Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by whooping cough. It is given as a combination vaccine that protects against other diseases.


Who should get vaccinated against whooping cough


Anyone who wants to protect themselves against whooping cough can talk to their doctor about getting immunised.


The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends whooping cough vaccination for specific groups including:

  • routine vaccination in infants, children and adolescents
  • routine booster vaccination in adults, including those in special risk groups or in contact with a special risk group, such as
    • women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
    • healthcare workers
    • early childhood educators and carers
    • people in close contact with infants
  • vaccination of people who have missed doses of pertussis-containing vaccine.


The whooping cough combination vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for:

  • children aged 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 18 months and 4 years
  • adolescents aged 12-13 years through school-based vaccination programs
  • pregnant women (ideally between 20-32 weeks)


Eligible people under 20 years old and refugees and other humanitarian entrants of any age can get a free catch-up vaccination. This is if they did not receive the vaccines in childhood and it is recommended to receive the vaccine.


Pertussis vaccines should not be given to people who have had:

  • anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any pertussis-containing vaccine
  • anaphylaxis after any component of a pertussis-containing vaccine.


Possible side effects of whooping cough vaccination

You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most reactions are mild and last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.


Common side effects of whooping cough vaccines include:

  • pain, redness and swelling at injection site
  • occasionally an injection-site lump (may last many weeks -no treatment needed)
  • mild fever
  • grizzly, unsettled, unhappy and sleepy (baby).


Talk to your vaccination provider about possible side effects of whooping cough vaccines, or if you or your child have possible side effects that worry you.


Disclaimer:  All information provided above is directly from the www.health.gov.au website and may be subject to change.  Please refer to www.health.gov.au for more information.

Whooping Cough (pertussis) vaccine

Shingles (also called herpes zoster) is the disease caused when the chickenpox virus reactivates. Shingles can cause severe pain that can last for months.


Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by shingles.


Who should get vaccinated against shingles

Anyone who wants to protect themselves against shingles can talk to their vaccination provider about getting vaccinated.


The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends shingles vaccination for specific groups including:

  • adults aged 60 years and over
  • adults aged 50 years and over who live in the same household as someone who has a weakened immune system.


Shingles vaccination with the Zostavax vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for immunocompetent adults aged 70 years.  Catch-up vaccination is also available for adults aged 71 to 79 years until 31 October 2023.


Zostavax vaccine should not be given to:

  • people who have had anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any live varicella-zoster vaccine or anaphylaxis after any component of a Zostavax vaccine
  • people with current or recent severe immunocompromise
  • pregnant women.


Zostavax vaccine contains a small amount of the live virus. Some people may not be able to receive a live vaccine for medical reasons. Discuss with your vaccination provider whether this vaccine is appropriate for you.


Possible side effects of shingles vaccination

You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most reactions are mild and last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.

Common side effects of shingles vaccines include:

  • pain, redness and swelling at injection site
  • occasionally, an injection-site lump (may last many weeks -no treatment needed)
  • fever
  • rash 5–26 days after vaccination, usually at injection site, occasionally elsewhere.


Serious reactions to immunisation are rare. With Zostavax® vaccination, very rarely a generalised chickenpox-like rash may occur around 2–4 weeks after vaccination. This may be associated with fever and feeling unwell. This rash may be a sign of a serious reaction to the virus in the vaccine. Seek medical attention and inform of recent Zostavax vaccination if you experience this reaction


Disclaimer:  All information provided above is directly from the www.health.gov.au website and may be subject to change.  Please refer to www.health.gov.au for more information.

Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine

Please note that Advantage Pharmacy Elsternwick only vaccinates children aged 5 years and over for Influenza.

Influenza (also called flu) is a very contagious infection of the airways. It affects people of all ages but is especially serious for young babies, young children, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.  It can require hospitalisation and can cause death.


Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by influenza.


Influenza vaccines are given each year to protect against the most common strains of the virus.


Who should get vaccinated against influenza

Yearly influenza vaccination is recommended for people aged 6 months and over. Anyone who wants to protect themselves against influenza can talk to their vaccination provider about getting vaccinated.


The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends influenza vaccination for specific groups.


The influenza vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • People aged 65 years or over.
  • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.


Your vaccination provider will advise if you or your child have a specified medical risk condition. See also Immunisation for people with medical conditions.

Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

In some states and territories, influenza vaccines may also be provided for free to other people not listed above. Speak to your vaccination provider or contact your state or territory Department of Health to find out.


People who are not eligible for a free vaccine can purchase the vaccine from their vaccination provider.

Aged care workers may also be required to get an influenza vaccine. Learn more about responsibilities of residential aged care providers.


People with allergies

As the egg based influenza vaccines under the NIP only contains minute traces of egg protein, people with egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safely vaccinated with influenza vaccines. If you have an egg allergy, please discuss this with your immunisation provider.


People should not receive the influenza vaccine if they have experienced anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any influenza vaccine or anaphylaxis after any component of an influenza vaccine.


When to get the influenza vaccine

New season influenza vaccines under the NIP are expected to be available from April. Timing may be different for your local area.  Check with your vaccination provider to find out when they will have the National Immunisation Program vaccines available and when you will be able to book in to have the vaccine.


Annual influenza vaccine should occur anytime from April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.  However, it is never too late to vaccinate since influenza can circulate in the community all year round.

Pregnant women should receive the vaccine at any stage during pregnancy.


Influenza vaccines can be given on the same day with a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no set timeframe to wait between having a COVID-19 infection and then having the influenza vaccine. Once you are feeling well and have no fever, you may receive an influenza vaccine.


Possible side effects of influenza vaccination

You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most reactions are mild and last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.


Common side effects of influenza vaccines include:

  • drowsiness or tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • pain, redness and swelling at injection site
  • occasionally an injection-site lump (may last many weeks - no treatment needed)
  • mild fever.


Disclaimer:  All information provided above is directly from the www.health.gov.au website and may be subject to change.  Please refer to www.health.gov.au for more information.

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