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Community pharmacy working with government to maximise flu vaccination uptake

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s West Australian Branch has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the State’s Department of Health to maximise the uptake of flu vaccinations among all age groups, particularly the vulnerable and those most at risk.

The Guild emphasised it endorsed the department’s guidelines in respect to getting the flu vaccination and always encouraged its members to follow the clinical guidance of regulatory authorities.

The Pharmacy Guild is focussed on increasing the rates of flu vaccination that will lead to lower rates of influenza infection and better health outcomes within the community.

The Pharmacy Guild has a network of community pharmacies that safely delivered some 85,000 immunisations last year and looks forward to again improving the health of all West Australians this year.

The WA Branch is determined to prepare the population for the flu and so try to avoid the tragic results of another horror season such as was seen in Victoria and NSW last year.

Raising public awareness and the access of flu vaccinations in community pharmacies will help to achieve that.

Official figures already point to a potentially severe upcoming flu season.

The Federal Department of Health has already recorded more than 9000 laboratory confirmed flu cases since January 1 this year, and more than 750 of these are in Western Australia.

The Guild is doing everything it can to help minimise the effects of the flu season on all Australians.

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