South Australians encouraged to visit pharmacies for flu shot

The South Australian government announced on Tuesday it would become the fourth jurisdiction to allow pharmacies to deliver the service after the state recorded its worst influenza season on record.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said South Australians would be encouraged to get flu shots at their local pharmacy in the hope of getting more people vaccinated.

More than 11,000 influenza cases were reported in SA during 2014, surpassing the previous record set during a swine flu outbreak in 2009.

The vaccination scheme is expected to begin at the end of March, making SA the fourth state or territory to allow pharmacists to carry out flu vaccinations.

After some controversy around the issue in Queensland, the state government last year ran a successful trial in which an additional 11,000 people were vaccinated over a five-month period.

The AMA also objected to the introduction of the service in WA, which last month became the second