Pharmacy flu vax trial in QLD a success
The Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) – conducted by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and overseen by researchers at Queensland University of Technology – was designed to boost Queensland's flagging immunisation rates.
To date, more than 10,000 people have been vaccinated by pharmacists at 80 sites across the state.
Head of Clinical Sciences at QUT, Professor Lisa Nissen said findings from more than 7000 patient evaluations of the program have shown that the service is reaching people in the community who wouldn't usually bother to seek out vaccination.
The majority of patients were females, with those aged 46–65 the biggest group. Over 38% of patients said that they don't get the vaccination every year, while 14% reported never having had the influenza vaccination before.
Most people cited convenience, followed by ease of getting an appointment, as the main reason for having a flu