Review of flu vaccination regulations

Prevention: After a dire flu season, the South Australia Government is considering changing regulations to allow pharmacists to vaccinate children from the age of 10.
Prevention: After a dire flu season, the South Australia Government is considering changing regulations to allow pharmacists to vaccinate children from the age of 10.

After a particularly bad flu season in South Australia this year, the State Government is considering changing regulations to allow pharmacists to vaccinate children from the age of 10.

Even though there were more than 630,000 doses of flu vaccine distributed around the state, there were still 106 influenza-related deaths this season.

Currently regulations state children need to be at least 16 years old before they are able to be vaccinated by a pharmacist.

Minister for Health Stephen Wade said is was often hard for parents with children aged between 10 and 16, especially those living in rural areas, to visit a doctor.

"That is why we are looking at giving parents more opportunities to get their children vaccinated so more South Australians are protected against the potentially fatal disease," Minister Wade said.

"We have just experienced a particularly bad flu season and it is important we are proactive in preventing the disease by ensuring as many people are vaccinated as possible."

The proposal will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Advisory Group of South Australia and will only apply to self-funded vaccinations and not those provided under the National Immunisation Program.

This story Time for change first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.