Flu shots available at chemists
Wimmera pharmacists have reminded people across the region they no longer need to visit a GP to receive an influenza vaccine.
Under new laws from last year, pharmacists who have passed a vaccination-training program can now administer flu shots any day of the week.
Terry White Chemmart Horsham owner Jossy Dan said response to the new regulations last year suggested people were aware of the importance of vaccinating.
“We were constantly busy administering flu shots last year and I expect it will be even busier this season,” he said.
“Our community is well aware of the demand on our GPS these days.
“The fact that they can visit a pharmacist rather than add to the doctor’s waiting list makes things easier for everyone.”
Mr Dan said many customers last year commented on the convenience of being able to drop into the pharmacy for a flu shot.
He said the 2018 vaccine was designed to resist four main influenza strains.
“Everyone should safeguard against the flu by getting vaccinated, but certain groups are more vulnerable,” he said.
“Most people recover from the flu reasonably well but many can be seriously affected by the flu and more serious cases can sometimes result in death.
“Those at the higher risk level include pregnant women, older people and people with particular health conditions.”
The basic principle of a vaccine is to prompt the body into developing a comprehensive defensive response to an infection by exposing it to an inactive version of the disease.
This means when confronted with the real infection, the body already has in place a defence mechanism to beat the invading organism. SCHUBERTS PEST SERVICES
FRIENDLY JAB: Terry White Chemmart pharmacist Amanda Carracher prepares to administer a flu shot.