VIC flu and whooping cough vaccinations from pharmacist
Eligible Victorian adults can now receive vaccines under the National Immunisation Program and the Government’s Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program from their pharmacists.
Those eligible for the two programs will pay a small service fee, while those not eligible can still receive the flu and whooping cough vaccinations from their pharmacist for a fee that covers the cost of the vaccine and the pharmacist’s service fee.
Giving families more options to access vaccinations not only protects those most at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases, but helps to build immunity levels across the community to protect those that are too young or unable to be vaccinated.
With 87 per cent of Victorians living within 2.5km of a pharmacist, the initiative will mean families have another convenient option to access these critical vaccinations.
Since the reintroduction of the Whooping Cough Vaccination Program, there has been a massive decrease in whooping cough cases, with 1,419 cases so far this year, compared to 2,375 at the same time last year.
Around 136,000 doses of whooping cough vaccine have been distributed to immunisation providers since June 2015.
Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
To receive your influenza vaccination, visit your local doctor or immunisation provider. It is important to note that while the vaccine is free, a consultation fee may apply.
For more information about the 2016 seasonal influenza vaccine, see www.immunise.health.gov.au/ or call the Immunise Australia Information line on 1800 671 811.
22 June 2016.