If you’re planning to have your flu vaccination shot, there are probably two things in your mind right now; where to get the shot and how much it’s going to cost you. As for the former, you can get your shot anywhere, although it’s best to just visit your default clinic. As for the flu shot prices, well, there’s a whole story to that and you can get the low-down on everything you need to know below. Read on to see what your flu vaccination shots will cost you.
Prevailing costs in the market
There are two strain vaccinations for flu this year. One is the Trivalent vaccine and the other is the Quadrivalent vaccine. They both have different flu shot prices. The trivalent shot is cheaper because it’s not new and because it only covers 3 influenza strains. It’s going for about $9-15 in most clinics. The Quadrivalent shot costs slightly more because it’s being offered for the first time this year. Plus, it covers 4 influenza strains. It’s going for between $15-25 depending on where you go.
What different sources are offering
General costs aside, let’s look at what different providers in the market are offering. This will allow you get a clearer picture of what to expect on the ground.
- TerryWhite Chemists is charging $20 and $25 for the Trivalent and the Quadrivalent shots respectively.
- Chemistwarehouse is charging $9 and $12 for the Trivalent and the Quadrivalent shots respectively.
- Priceline is charging $10 for the Trivalent shot and $20 for the Quadrivalent.
- SmartClinics is charging $10 for the Trivalent vaccine shot and $15 for the Quadrivalent.
Breaking down the actual costing of your vaccination
Looked at closely, how much do you really pay for your vaccine shots? Well, in most cases, you will pay for the actual flu vaccination, plus a consultation fee. The consultation fee will depend on the clinic you go to and the locality that clinic is in. For example, to prevent flu Brisbane locals may pay slightly more than people living in Alice Springs. Some facilities will advertise their prices inclusive of this consultation cost and others will not. So be sure to confirm this before signing up.
Now for some good news; flu vaccinations are bulk billable. This means that if the clinic you go to offers bulk billing, you may not have to pay anything. However, note that some clinics may decline to offer bulk billing while others may only bulk bill during normal operating hours. That means you pay out of pocket during after hours.
Your flu vaccination shot is free if…
Flu shot prices may not matter for you if you belong to a certain category of vulnerable people. That’s because the government will foot the bill for all those that fall under these categories:
- All pregnant women.
- Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander children aged 15 years and above.
- People aged 65 and above.
- Anyone with a pre-disposed medical condition that can be affected by influenza, e.g. diabetes, heart disease or asthma.