Pharmacies prepared for flu vaccination season
Wimmera pharmacies and medical centres are now stocked with the latest vaccines to help fight the 2019 influenza strains.
Horsham pharmacists have reported a steady stream of customers requesting vaccinations and expect numbers to increase considerably as the weather cools down.
Horsham Priceline Pharmacy owner Cobie Mcqueen said annual vaccination was recommended for anyone six months of age or older.
“It’s important to get the flu shot every year because the virus changes each year,” Ms Mcqueen said.
“The protection provided by the previous year’s vaccine also diminishes over time so an annual shot is extremely important. Mid-april is really about the best time for a flu shot because it can take two to three weeks to develop immunity and the influenza virus is usually at its strongest from June onwards and peaks in August,” she said.
Ms Mcqueen said the 2019 influenza vaccine included a new A strain and a new strain for the B Victoria linage.
Many Wimmera pharmacists are now qualified to administer flu vaccines, which has taken the strain off doctor surgeries and medical centres trying to meet demands.
Anyone under 16 and needing a flu shot must contact a doctor or medical centre.