Docs and pollies get pharmacy flu shots

Josh Frydenberg rolls up his sleeve for his flu shot at the Scott McLaren Pharmacy.
Josh Frydenberg rolls up his sleeve for his flu shot at the Scott McLaren Pharmacy.

The Federal Treasurer is the latest politician to get his flu vaccine in pharmacy… and some doctors are doing the same

Josh Frydenberg visited the Scott McLaren pharmacy on Wednesday morning to be vaccinated against influenza by proprietor and former AFL umpire Scott McLaren.

The pharmacy is in the Treasurer’s electorate of Kooyong.

He joins politicians including Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, NSW Opposition Leader Walt Secord, and NSW Senator and former state premier Kristina Keneally, who all turned to community pharmacy for their vaccine.

Meanwhile, some doctors are reportedly doing the same, thanks to delays in access to their free shots.

The Adelaide Advertiser reports that doctors are worried enough about giving their patients the flu that they are paying for the vaccine in pharmacies.

Josh Frydenberg at the Scott McLaren Pharmacy.
Josh Frydenberg at the Scott McLaren Pharmacy.

Doctors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital told the Advertiser’s Brad Crouch that they are concerned about risking patient safety if they wait for their free jab.

“I’m in a situation where the flu could be fatal and the roll out of the vaccine for exposed staff is non-existent at the moment — we are dealing with immune-compromised patients and the vulnerable elderly,” one doctor who paid for a vaccination in pharmacy told Mr Crouch.

According to Central Adelaide Local Health Network chief executive Lesley Dwyer, the free shots are rolling out this week and this timing is based on clinical advice.

To date there have been 35,204 laboratory confirmed notifications in Australia for 2019, as at 29 April.

There were 58,570 such cases notified in Australia for the entire calendar year of 2018.

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