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Pharmacies help fight the flu

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3/05/2017
While most people know that general practitioners provide influenza vaccinations, fewer are aware that many local pharmacies are also providers.

 

Clare Hynd, Chair of the MidCentral Pharmacy Group, is encouraging the public to consider pharmacies as another way to get their flu vaccination.


She said: “Many people don’t realise that many of our district’s pharmacies can provide the influenza vaccination, and it is free of charge for pregnant women, or those over 65 years of age. This can often be a really convenient way for people to get their influenza vaccination as no appointments are necessary.”


MidCentral DHB is funding pharmacy vaccinations for those groups eligible to receive it free of charge.


Barb Bradnock, Portfolio Manager Child & Youth Health, said: “Pharmacies provide an extra option. Going to a pharmacy may save travel time or having to make an appointment with a GP. It’s just one way of making it easier to get that all important flu shot.”


Only pharmacists who are trained pharmacist vaccinators will be able to provide a subsidised vaccine, so people can have confidence in the expertise of the person delivering the vaccine.

 

Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945

 

 

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