Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd reminded Australians that “the flu season is expected to begin in Australia over the next month or so” and people, especially those at increased risk, should get vaccinated.
It has been suggested that vaccinating against influenza can increase immunity and may help prevent against contracting coronavirus. Additionally, decreased cases of the flu will keep more people out of the hospitals and ICU beds free.
However reports have shown that people have been left disappointed after requesting vaccinations according to the TerryWhite Chemmart website. “Over the past two months, Australia has experienced record demand for flu vaccinations,” a TerryWhite Chemmart spokesperson said.
In NSW, 2.71 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed across the state in contrast to around 1.7 million doses at the same time last year.
“Across the country TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacists have already vaccinated more patients than our entire flu season in 2019.
“As a result, like many other health professionals across Australia, we are experiencing a short supply of stock.
The spokesperson also said that things are looking up as TerryWhite Chemmart and other health professionals are working to secure increased stock this year.
“We have been working closely with our suppliers on this matter and we are pleased to announce that our stores will be receiving stock earlier than anticipated over the next few weeks.
“This year, more than ever, it is critical for every Australian to have an influenza vaccination to prevent the flu and alleviate any further pressure on our health system.”
Vaccinations against influenza are free under the National Immunisation Program for children between 6 months and five years, as well as for Indigenous people, people over 65 years and pregnant women.