Highlighting the importance of Flu Vaccinations

The Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Member for Hasluck, has highlighted the value of getting a flu vaccination through your local community pharmacist by getting his yearly shot at Maddington Chemmart Chemist.

“It is important that everyone knows how easy it is to get their flu shot with trained community pharmacists who are able to directly administer the flu vaccine,” said Mr Wyatt.

“Anyone can visit their local pharmacy that is providing this service and easily organise their protection against this year’s flu strain.”

Mr Wyatt said that having flu shots available through pharmacies was a terrific aid for communities in Hasluck.

A Flu Vaccination Study commissioned by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in February shows that more than seven million Australians aged 18 to 64 years are planning to have a flu shot this year. The study found that more than six million Australians would be more likely to have a flu shot if it could be administered at a local pharmacy, including two million who previously had no intention to vaccinate against flu.

Maddington Chemist proprietor Paul Jardine said that having pharmacists deliver vaccinations was a huge benefit for consumers.

“In the short time that community pharmacists have been allowed to administer the vaccine there has been a high percentage of people being vaccinated for the first time,” he said.

“The convenience, affordability and ease of access to pharmacy flu vaccinations means more people are getting protected against this disease” said Mr Jardine.

Mr Wyatt said that consumers could be confident about getting their flu shots in a pharmacy.  Pharmacists giving the shot have to undergo special training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to both deliver the vaccine safely and effectively, as well as being able to identify and treat any possible side effects.

Vaccination is your best defence against flu. Ask your pharmacist about a flu shot today.