NSW pharmacists get go-ahead to give measles, whooping cough vaccines

 In Australia, Pharmacy

People as young as 16 will soon be able to go to a pharmacist for vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases including measles, whooping cough and tetanus without visiting a doctor.
The NSW government is expanding the state’s pharmacist vaccination program beyond the flu shot to ease access to immunisation, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced on Thursday.
From 2019, pharmacists will be able to administer privately funded diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (dTpa) vaccine; the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as the flu vaccine after completing an approved comprehensive training course.
The age of eligibility for patients will drop to 16 years. Currently, pharmacists can only offer seasonal flu vaccines to people over the age of 18. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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