Thousands of Australians diagnosed with influenza already in 2017
Almost 7,000 influenza cases have been diagnosed so far this year, a rise of about 1,000 since the same period in 2016.
The vaccination process takes about 15 minutes.
Patients receive an information sheet and a card with the batch number of their vaccine in case they suffer an adverse reaction.
Influenza is responsible for 3,000 Australian deaths annually. The majority of cases are not lethal, but missing a shot can still be serious.
Father-of-three Paul Jans missed his vaccination last year and became ill.
After putting it off for a few days, Mr Jans eventually visited his GP.
“She diagnosed me with a 40-plus temperature and immediately suggested I go to hospital,” he said.
“My temperature was high. I obviously was very congested. I had no energy. I was very lethargic.”
The flu costs the health system $85 million dollars every year and leads to an estimated 1.5 million lost days of work.
Mr Samimi also says that pharmacy vaccinations help “reduce the pressure placed on the already under-pressure GP network”.
Some 62 per cent of Australian have had a flu vaccination at some point in their life, but only 41 per cent were vaccinated last year.
Due to yearly changes in the circulating strains of influenza, annual vaccinations are recommended.
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