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Pharmacist Vaccinations

In-pharmacy vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and meningococcal*.

 
Ask your local Pharmacy 777 Pharmacist regarding vaccination service availability.

 

As of 1st August 2019, Western Australians are able to get vaccinated against illnesses such as whooping cough, measles and meningococcal disease at their local pharmacy.

Trained pharmacists can immunise against more illnesses including whooping cough, measles, and meningococcal disease.

This initiative has been driven by the Department of Health to increase immunisation rates in the community. The move aligns WA with other Australian states and territories who already offer similar services and improves consistency in relation to pharmacy-administered vaccines across the nation.

Under changes approved by the Department of Health, pharmacists will be able to administer additional low-risk vaccines to people over the age of 16. The new vaccines that pharmacists will be able to administer:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR);
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough); and
  • Meningococcal ACWY (available in WA only)

All vaccinations provided will be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

People most likely to benefit from the changes include:

  • Any adult with a gap in their vaccine schedule;
  • Adult relatives, such as grandparents, who will be coming into contact with babies and need a booster shot for whooping cough; and
  • People wanting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine (available in WA only) but are not eligible for the State-funded program

 

Which vaccines can I get from my Community Pharmacy?

  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR);
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough); and
  • Meningococcal ACWY  (available in WA only)

Who should receive diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccine?

The dTpa (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough) vaccine is recommended for anyone who wishes to protect themselves against these diseases. Booster doses should be received every 10 years.
It is particularly important for healthcare workers and anyone who will be having contact with newborn babies to ensure that they receive the booster vaccine against whooping cough. This includes partners of pregnant women, grandparents, extended family and friends.
Women should have a whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy, ideally at 28-32 weeks gestation but it can be received any time in the third trimester.
This vaccine is free for pregnant women from their GP or maternity service.

 

Who should receive measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine?

Anyone born during or since 1966 that does not have documentation of two doses of measles vaccine is recommended to receive this vaccine, particularly young adult travellers who may be visiting countries where measles continues to circulate, such as most countries in Asia and many in Europe.

 

Who should receive meningococcal (ACWY) vaccine?

*Available to Western Australians:

  • healthy adolescents aged 16-19 years
  • adolescents and young adults living together in close quarters, such as dormitories and military barracks
  • adolescents and young adults who are current smokers 
  • people who are travelling overseas, especially to places where meningococcal disease is more common, or people travelling to mass gatherings like the Hajj 
  • people who have medical conditions that increase their risk of invasive meningococcal disease for example, people who have certain blood disorders or are taking treatment for certain blood disorders 
  • people with weakened immune systems, such as people without a functioning spleen, people living with HIV and people who have had a stem cell transplant
  • laboratory workers who work with the bacterium that causes meningococcal disease
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Can a 16 year old consent to vaccination?

Yes however, the Pharmacist can only administer the vaccine if they are certain the person understands what they are consenting to.
The Pharmacist must perform a pre-vaccination assessment before administering any vaccine.

 

Is it my responsibility to tell my GP I have received a vaccine from a Pharmacist?

No. Authorised Pharmacists are required to report all vaccinations given to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to all people of all ages and information in the Register is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, nurse immunisers and authorised pharmacists, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children.

 

 

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