Vac­cines from phar­ma­cies

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Peo­ple can now get pro­tec­tion against the lat­est strain of in­fluenza virus from qual­i­fied Wim­mera phar­ma­cists.

New reg­u­la­tions mean phar­ma­cists who have passed a vac­ci­na­tion-train­ing pro­gram can now ad­min­is­ter flu shots any day of the week.

The Depart­ment of Health has re­leased a 2017 vac­cine to fight the lat­est strains of in­fluenza.

Hor­sham Chem­mart Phar­macy owner Jossy Dan said the new reg­u­la­tions would be a great con­ve­nience for many peo­ple.

“In the past, peo­ple want­ing flu vac­ci­na­tions had to ei­ther visit their doc­tor or ar­range for a reg­is­tered nurse with the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

“Phar­ma­cies would ar­range an oc­ca­sional day to have a nurse on site for vac­ci­na­tions but peo­ple had to make them­selves avail­able on that spe­cific day.

“But now peo­ple can ar­range with their phar­ma­cist to get the vac­ci­na­tion on the most suit­able day for them.

“It’s a far bet­ter sys­tem and hope­fully more peo­ple will take ad­van­tage of it and we will have a health­ier com­mu­nity.”

Mr Dan said the 2017 vac­cine was de­signed to re­sist the four main strains of in­fluenza.

“The vac­cine is pro­tec­tion against two in­fluenza A strains and two in­fluenza B strains and one of the strains is a new one,” he said.

“We oc­ca­sion­ally get peo­ple say­ing they caught the flu af­ter hav­ing the vac­ci­na­tion but they have only caught one of the lesser strains.

“You can’t make a vac­cine for all strains but the shots do pro­tect you from the most se­vere strains of flu.”

Mr Dan said ev­ery­one should safe­guard against the flu by get­ting vac­ci­nated, but cer­tain groups were more vul­ner­a­ble.

“Most peo­ple re­cover rea­son­ably well but many peo­ple can be se­ri­ously af­fected by the flu and more se­ri­ous cases can some­times re­sult in death,” he said.

“Those at the higher risk level in­clude preg­nant women, older peo­ple and peo­ple with par­tic­u­lar health con­di­tions.”

Mr Dan said he ex­pected most Wim­mera phar­ma­cists would have com­pleted the vac­ci­na­tion-train­ing pro­gram and be qual­i­fied to ad­min­is­ter the flu shot.

In­fluenza is a com­mon, highly conta- gious virus that af­fects the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem. It dif­fers from the com­mon cold.

In­fluenza spreads through the air when some­one coughs, sneezes or talks.

You can also catch the flu from touch­ing a con­tam­i­nated sur­face, and then touch­ing your mouth, eyes or nose.

Symp­toms in­clude fever, a cough, sore throat, fa­tigue, mus­cle aches, headaches, runny nose and wa­tery eyes.

Vac­ci­na­tion is the most ef­fec­tive way of pre­vent­ing and stop­ping the spread of in­fluenza.

PRO­TEC­TION: Hor­sham Chem­mart phar­ma­cist Jossy Dan with the 2017 in­fluenza vac­cine.

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