Influenza is a highly contagious virus with the the NSW Business Chamber estimating that the flu season can cost the NSW economy more than $482 million each year.
Research shows that the influenza vaccine is considered to be up to 90 per cent effective in preventing the flu for 6 to 12 months in healthy adults.
Currently, only doctors and nurses can administer flu immunisations. This lack of access to vaccination services is one of the biggest barriers to guarding against influenza.
With over 1,907 pharmacies in Australia, the best way of guarding against the flu is to improve community access to vaccinations by allowing pharmacies to administer vaccinations.
A Labor Government will amend the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 to authorise pharmacists to possess and administer vaccinations to healthy people aged 18-65.
This is a cost-effective solution to a costly disease. NSW needs a more convenient option for delivering vaccinations in order to combat influenza and to achieve greater vaccination numbers.
Add your name if you support Labor's plan to combat influenza and make vaccination more accessible.