Pharmacists

A pharmacist’s perspective on pneumococcal pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia results in more than 77,000 hospitalisations and 4,000 deaths8 in Australia each year. Many of us carry pneumonia-causing bacteria in the back of our throats, which can take hold when the immune system becomes compromised or due to a viral infection such as the flu. Australians aged over 65 years are at significantly…

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Healthcare professionals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Of the 1,214 Queen’s Birthday Honours awards announced yesterday, it was fantastic to see more than 130 of these were in medicine. Among a number of GPs recognised on the honours list, influenza specialist, A/Prof John Litt, Adelaide was made a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to preventative medicine. VIVA! Communications has had…

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Positive step for Vaccination in Queensland

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has today congratulated the Queensland Government on allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients over the age of 16. VIVA! Communications also supports this fantastic initiative that will increase the number of patients in Queensland who can benefit from access to vaccination by trained pharmacists in their local community…

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Australians unwilling to protect against fatal lung infection

Three-in-four Australian adults do not consider ‘life-threatening consequences’ as sufficient motivation to vaccinate against pneumococcal pneumonia. This is according to Lung Foundation Australia research released today (May 16, 2017) to mark Know Pneumonia Day. According to respiratory physician and Lung Foundation Australia Respiratory Infectious Disease Committee Chair, Associate Professor Lucy Morgan, Sydney, Australians are not being…

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