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 pharmacy. While there are people at high risk of the flu, including those aged 65 and above, the flu can in fact strike anyone, even the young, fit and healthy. In fact, one-in-four people who are hospitalised with the flu have no underlying medical condition. The next step for Queensland – and all State and Territory Governments that have not yet done so – is to make the National Immunisation Program vaccines available through community pharmacy so that all Australians have equitable access to these vital vaccines.
To find and speak to a local pharmacist near you who can give you your annual flu shot, visit https://www.findapharmacy.com.au/