Gympie Amcal Max introduces new vaccination services
Gympie residents now have increased accessibility to local immunisation services, with Gympie Amcal delivering pharmacist-administered vaccinations against three highly-contagious diseases –influenza, measles and whooping cough.
Gympie Amcal Max is one of 200 pharmacies across Queensland currently participating in the second phase of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP), which is investigating the benefits of having registered pharmacists provide vaccines in a community pharmacy setting.
- Influenza –Each year thousands of Queenslanders are hospitalised with the influenza virus, commonly known as “the flu”. As per Queensland Health guidelines, vaccination against influenza is required annually, as the vaccine changes each year to cover the expected disease strains.
- Measles - According to Queensland Health, Queensland is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in over 15 years and roughly one third of adults who contract measles need to be hospitalised. A booster is recommended for all adults born during or since 1966, unless you have evidence of having already received two doses of the MMR vaccine. This is especially important for healthcare workers, people who work with children and those looking to travel overseas.
- Whooping Cough –Whooping cough immunisation in adults protects vulnerable infants from contracting the potentially life-threatening illness. There is no cure and the illness results in death for one in every 200 babies who contract it. As per Queensland Health guidelines, a whooping cough (pertussis) booster dose is strongly recommended for males and females planning a pregnancy, people working with, living with or caring for babies under six months and any other adults who want to reduce the risk of infection and haven't had a previous booster in the last ten years.
QPIP has been authorised by the Queensland Government, as part of a commitment to increase immunisation rates in Queensland, and provide Queenslanders with greater access to medical services. QPIP is being delivered in partnership with The Pharmacy Guild, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology.
As the community’s most accessible and frequently used health care providers, pharmacists have a unique opportunity to boost immunisation rates.