Kids aged 10 and over can now receive their flu vaccination from a pharmacist but not everyone is happy!
Previously pharmacists could only give flu shots to people aged 18 and over, but under the plan announced yesterday about 300,000 Tasmanians will be able to get this year’s jab at a chemist.
Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the arrangement was an Australian first, reports The Mercury.
“Doctors advise the best protection against the flu is a vaccination, which is why we have worked hard to make it so much more accessible for families,” Mr Ferguson said.
Public Health Services clinical director Faline Howes said the number of confirmed flu cases in 2019 was “much higher” than normally expected at this time of the year.
“We’ve had 800 laboratory-confirmed flu notifications in Tasmania,” she said.
“We had a peak of flu about mid-April and since then it’s been coming down a little bit but we are continuing to monitor to see what happens for the rest of the season.”
Not everyone is happy
Australian Medical Association Tasmania vice president John Davis welcomed the release of the Winter Demand Management Plan but said it was the association’s view that GPs were the best and safest option for people to receive their vaccination from.
“While the plan, overall, is welcome and much needed, as a key stakeholder, AMA Tasmania should have been consulted,” Dr Davis said.
“We do not support pharmacists administering the vaccine as we believe doctors are best placed to care for a patient should the patient suffer an adverse reaction.”
Children from six months to less than five years are eligible for a State Government-funded flu vaccine.
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