KAP State Leader and Member for Traeger Robbie Katter is calling on those young and end to get shot in the arm in the name of flu ahead of this year’s influenza season.
Mr Katter said the convenience of now being able to have a flu vaccination administered by a pharmacist in a pharmacy was excellent.
“So many times, we get caught up in the day to day and don’t have time to make appointments with the doctor – I know I am certainly guilty of this myself,” he said.
“This way, we can do it on a lunch break, no waiting rooms, and no doctor’s fees.”
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is urging people to get the latest vaccination against the flu, with 19,000 flu cases already reported in 2019.
The Guild has reported that around 5,800 adults went to hospital with the virus last year, with a worrying 9.4 per cent of those aged below 65 needed treatment in the critical care unit.
Last year was the first year trained community pharmacists countrywide could administer the flu vaccine to adults.
Pharmacy First in Mount Isa are among the pharmacies in Traeger offering flu shots. They charge $30 per person from 16 years of age, with no appointment necessary.
They are also donating $1 from every vaccination towards the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
William Siemer, who is the new NRL Game Development Officer for the Mount Isa/Mid-North West Region also put his hand up to get vaccinated.
“It’s important in my role working with children and adults that I am taking the necessary precautions of protecting myself against contracting the flu virus as well as ensuring that I am not passing on any infections to the children participating in our great game,” he said.
“Getting the flu vaccine is something I cannot stress enough and encourage people including young adults such as myself to have, so please take the time and have a shot.”