Pharmacists offer flu jab without GP

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

With the onset of cold weather, pharmacist Linda Keane and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam are urging residents to take advantage of new flu vaccination services available at pharmacies.

Flu vaccination services became available in pharmacies last year, with all pharmacists trained to administer the influenza vaccine directly to adults.

Dunsborough Pharmacy owner Ms Keane said the service provided a more convenient and accessible approach.

“With the onset of the cold weather it is vital that we start to think about our health,” she said.

“If you’re not eligible for free flu vaccinations at the doctor, sometimes it can be more convenient to come here (local pharmacies).”

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said Department of Health data showed the uptake of flu vaccines across the State had declined, despite the risk of flu remaining high.

WA Country Health Service public health physician Dr Naru Pal said flu activity commonly peaked in the South West between August and September but said it was beneficial to be vaccinated at any time during the flu season.

“Last year almost one in four of the 330 people diagnosed with influenza in the South West required hospitalisation,” he said.

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