Could eased vaccination rules prevent deadly flu season in NSW?

Date: May 30, 2020

In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, it is difficult to consider the risk factors from other diseases. The fact remains, however, that infections such as influenza could cause severe harm to the population unless prevention measures are taken. Recent measures in New South Wales are designed to enable simpler vaccinations, which will hopefully stymie the spread of diseases such as the flu. While there is not a vaccine for the coronavirus yet, there are plenty of conditions that can be stopped in this way.

What's the status of vaccination in NSW?

The Australian Journal of Pharmacy recently reported that the NSW Government has enabled pharmacists to vaccinate their patients in locations other than pharmacies. The immediate effects of this decree will allow people to be vaccinated in locations such as hospitals, health centres, Aboriginal Medical Services and aged-care facilities.

Considering that older individuals are at the greatest risk of suffering serious COVID-19 symptoms, it's especially important that pharmacists can travel to aged Australians' residences to administer vaccines, cutting down on the risks that would come with travelling. The AJP added that pharmacists are now also able to vaccinate younger patients than ever before, including children as young as 10, to build up a population with greater influenza resistance.

The loosening of restrictions comes following criticism by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia that regulations in NSW were too strict. The Leader reported earlier in May that the PGA opposed rules preventing the administering of vaccines through the National Immunisation Program, by doctors of patients' choice. Other states, including Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT, have such allowances.

A representative for NSW Health did tell The Leader that the federal government had sent 2.71 million doses of the influenza vaccine throughout the state. That amount is higher than 2019's numbers at the same time by more than 1 million.

Have you or a loved one suffered serious harm from an infectious disease?

While efforts are underway to increase resistance to influenza and other diseases across NSW, people still suffer and even die from these conditions every year. If you or a loved one has experienced serious ill effects of such a disease, and can trace the cause back to the mistakes of a health care provider, you may be eligible to bring a medical negligence case. To determine whether your case is likely to succeed and ensure you stand the best possible chance of getting the compensation you are owed, speak with an expert lawyer at Gerard Malouf & Partners./

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