Community urged to get their flu shots now

FEDERAL  Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP, has highlighted the value of getting a flu vaccination through your local community pharmacy by getting his shot this year at Brighton Pharmacy.

Mr Mitchell said receiving his flu shot at a local community pharmacy highlighted the value of the service.

We’re not sure whether Brian Mitchell received a jelly bean for being brave, but he’s still smiling.

“This demonstrates how much easier it is for anyone to get their flu shot with trained community pharmacists able to directly administer the flu vaccine,” Mr Mitchell said.

“What this means is that anyone can just come to a pharmacy which provides this service and organise their protection against this year’s flu strain.”

Mr Mitchell said the availability of flu shots through community pharmacies was important for communities throughout his electorate.

“The availability of vaccination by pharmacists greatly assists the community’s access to protection against the flu where previously they may have not had accessibility or access was difficult and cumbersome,” he said.

Proprietor of Brighton Pharmacy, Rohan Targett, said 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 protect against this disease.”

Mr Mitchell said that consumers could be confident about getting their flu shots in a pharmacy as pharmacists giving the shot had to undergo special training.

“This ensures we 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.”