DDS supports kids with flu jabs

Discount Drug Stores is encouraging consumers to get their flu jabs and help protect children at the same time

The banner group is supporting the health of impoverished children in India, with $2 of every $20 flu vaccination donated to charity organisation Free2Be.

Discount Drug Stores’ ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ campaign will give these children access to improved healthcare, education, and vaccinations against serious conditions such as measles, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, the group says.

Discount Drug Stores’ pharmacist and national pharmaceuticals manager Stephenie Shea says the nation-wide program is a worthwhile initiative to improve healthcare outcomes both locally and globally.

“We recognise the importance of equal access to health care, and the role we play in stamping out a devastating history of India’s child labour and trafficking,” she says.

“Now in our third year of running flu vaccination clinics and sixth year teaming up with Free2Be, we’ve seen the real impact we’ve made, and will continue to make, in the lives of those who are less fortunate than us.

“Last year the community participation program raised over $22,000 to help protect against life-threatening diseases and vulnerabilities such as child marriage and exploitation,” she says.

Ms Shea says the clinics are also an important preventative measure to reduce the number of hospitalisations and complications that occur every year in Australia from high-risk influenza.

“Up to 20% of the Australian population are infected with influenza every year, with elderly parents, young children, and pregnant women at greatest risk of hospitalisation.”

On Thursday the Pharmacy Guild released the results of its 2017 Flu Vaccination Study, which found that 93% of Australian adults recognise the benefits of flu vaccination in pharmacy, citing access, cost and convenience as the biggest motivators for protecting against seasonal influenza.

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