500 pharmacists across Victoria are now ready and trained to give you a flu shot, following the State Government’s Pharmacist-Administered Vaccination Program.
This will provide 87% of Victorians living within 2.5km of a pharmacy, with another convenient option to get their flu vaccinations.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said “For busy adults, we know it can be hard to find the time to get a flu shot.
“Now, visiting your local pharmacy is another safe and convenient way to get vaccinated and protect yourself against the flu.”
All Australians are being encouraged to get the flu shot this year, to improve immunity of yourself and the community.
Those most at risk include the elderly, pregnant women, Indigenous people, young children and people with chronic medical conditions.
Influenza is a highly contagious virus that is spread by coughs and sneezes, causing widespread illness and contributing to around 13,500 hospitalisations and 3,000 deaths in Australia.
Viruses are likely to change from year to year, and the vaccine is updated depending on the circulating flu strains.
Eligible adults are able to receive the influenza vaccine under the National Immunisation Program.
Those eligible will pay a small service fee, while those not eligible can still receive the flu vaccination from their pharmacist for a fee that covers the cost of the vaccine and the pharmacist’s service fee.
Pharmacists can also deliver vaccines under the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program.
Find your local vaccinating pharmacist at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/immunisers-in-victoria/pharmacist-immunisers/vaccination-services