Victorian pharmacist flu jabs launched


Jill Hennessy visits the Priceline Pharmacy in Williamstown. Photo: Anthony Tassone

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited Priceline Pharmacy in Williamstown to encourage Victorians to get vaccinated

Ms Hennessy highlighted the Victorian Government’s education initiative which saw more than 500 pharmacists across hundreds of locations trained to provide flu shots this season.

The Andrews Government is promoting pharmacist vaccination to Victorians by pointing out that 87% of people living in the state live within 2.5km of a pharmacy, thus flu vaccination is now easily accessible.

“For busy adults, we know it can be hard to find the time to get a flu shot,” Ms Hennessy told consumers. “Now, visiting your local pharmacy is another safe and convenient way to get vaccinated and protect yourself against the flu.

“Most of us live within a five minute drive of a pharmacy. We’re making it easier for all Victorians to get vaccinated closer to home.

“As we head into another winter, I urge everyone to get protected from the flu again, even if you had the flu shot last year.”

Victorian pharmacists can also deliver vaccines under the Labor Government’s Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program.

The Government is encouraging Victorians to find their local vaccinating pharmacist on its live map at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/immunisers-in-victoria/pharmacist-immunisers/vaccination-services.

In 2016, there were 12,793 cases of influenza reported in Victoria. Up to 1 April 2017, 1125 cases have already been reported this year, which represents a significant increase compared to the same time last year.

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