WA pharmacists welcome free influenza vaccine program

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has welcomed the announcement of state-wide free influenza vaccinations for all Western Australians, making it the second state to fund a similar program for 2024.

Premier Roger Cook and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson announced the funded program yesterday, urging residents to get their vaccine.

PSA Western Australia President Kristian Ray MPS also encouraged the community to access their vaccine ahead of the flu season.

​“Removing cost barriers and giving West Australians greater access to vaccines through community pharmacies is a welcome first step to improving vaccine uptake,” Mr Ray said.

​“It’s easy to become complacent and not keep up with annual flu shots, but immunisation remains the best protection against severe influenza.

​“In 2023 we only saw 32 per cent of eligible people in Western Australia get their vaccine, this year we are hoping that figure will be much higher.

​“I strongly urge all West Australians to speak to their pharmacist about the influenza vaccine and whether its appropriate for you and your family this flu season,” Mr Ray concluded.

Free influenza vaccines for all Western Australians will be available from community pharmacists, general practitioners and Aboriginal Health Services during the months of May and June.

 

 

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