CHANGES to legislation means people can now can get their annual flu shot at chemists.
As an alternative to visiting the GP for the flu shot, trained and accredited pharmacists are now able to administer the influenza vaccine to patients.
“The flu vaccine changes every year because the flu virus changes every year,” Terry White Chemists pharmacist Callan Beesley said.
“Previously only trivalent (three different types of flu) vaccines have been used then last year a Quadrivalent (four types) was released and was much more effective.”
Health professionals recommend vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory illness or immune disorders get their flu shot.
It’s also recommended healthy people get a flu jab as well to ensure vulnerable patients have less chance of exposure.
Medical centres will continue to administer a Medicare-funded vaccine to eligible patients under the National Immunisation Program, while accredited pharmacies will run private clinics for the ineligible patients