Phar­ma­cies pre­pared for flu vac­ci­na­tion sea­son

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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