Flu shots avail­able at chemists

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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