Pharmacists and doctors trade jabs over child flu vax
In recent changes announced by Health Minister Jenny Mikakos parents will be able to take their children aged between 10 and 16 to the chemist from April 2020 to get vaccinated against influenza.
“Allowing pharmacists to immunise people from 10 years of age gives families another opportunity to access the flu vaccine which may overcome time and geographical barriers. It’s a great step forward to ultimately improve coverage across Victoria.” Annie Cobbledick – Immunisation Pharmacist, Royal Children’s Hospital.
Vaccines have long been available from the GPs and nurses; however, in recent years laws have changed to add pharmacists to the list of health professionals who can give select vaccines without a prescription. However, in states other than Victoria, it might cost you more.
For further information regarding pharmacist immunisers, please refer to our pharmacist immunisers reference page.