Thousands of pharmacy vaccinations going unreported

Public health doctors flag concern as pharmacy immunisation continues to expand

Vaccinations are substantially under-reported by pharmacists, with data for one year showing only half were being lodged with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), research shows.

Public health researchers say although most of the shots are for influenza, under-reporting of vaccinations against pertussis, meningococcus and measles could lead to unnecessary repeat vaccinations and hinder efforts to track uptake across the population.

Analysis of data by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in Sydney shows