Flu shot to fight the virus - The Geelong Independent, May 2017

A quick trip to the chemist is all it takes to avoid being bed-ridden and miserable with the flu, says Community Care Chemist’s David Pyne.

Locals can avoid the debilitating sickness for $20.80, or $10 if they are eligible for the Federal Government’s Immunize Australia Program.

“It’s really nothing, “David says. “You can lose several days’ work or contact with your family, and I don’t think anybody could put a dollar value on that. Anyone over the age of 18 can come in and get a flu vaccination. You don’t have to visit the doctor.”

In Australia, influenza on average causes 3500 deaths, 18,000 hospitalisations and 300,000 GP consultations each year. A lot of people mistake influenza for a common cold, but the flu is much worse, David says. “When you get the flu, you’ll know it. It’s absolutely debilitating - your whole body aches and generally you really can’t do anything.”

The chemist offers the quadrivalent vaccine which immunises clients against four strains, including the most dangerous and most prevalent. “It’s definitely not 100 per cent effective but it’s close,” David says. “And it gives you a better chance of fighting other strains because your body has to do less work to produce the antibodies to fight a new strain. “But even then it’s not very likely for you to get another strain.”

Scores of double-blind experiments worldwide have confirmed it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccination. The vaccine works by exposing the immune system to the inactive “shell” of the virus, and the body responds by producing antibodies, David says.

“When your body comes into contact with actual virus those antibodies are there and ready to kill it.” David hears anecdotes about people getting sick after the flu shot.

He says it is possible to get mild symptoms a couple of days after the shot but “that’s due to your immune system in action.” He adds the body can raise its temperature to kill what it thinks is a virus. It is also possible to get the flu just before the shot or to get a rhinovirus (common cold) after it.

Community Care Chemist's stores have performed hundreds of vaccinations so far. “But we would like to do a lot more,” David says. 

With Community Care Chemist’s stores already heavily booked out, David encourages customers to book ahead. “We get a lot of people from local businesses walking in,” he says. “We’re offering vaccinations almost every day.”

To book, phone one of Community Care Chemist’s stores at North Geelong on 5278 4300, Belmont on 5241 1755 or Geelong West on 5246 5850.

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Apollo Bay

123 Great Ocean Road,
Apollo Bay
 

Ph: 03 5237 6312

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Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 2pm

Sun: Seasonal

Belmont

157 High Street,
Belmont
 

Ph: 03 5241 1755

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Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Geelong West

1/184 Pakington Street,
Geelong West
 

Ph: 03 5246 5850

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Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Grovedale

122 Burdoo Dr,
Grovedale
 

Ph: 03 5241 4333

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Sat: 8am - 1pm

Sun: Closed

North Geelong

75 Separation Street,
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5278 4300

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Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 12.30pm

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Support Centre

28 Church Street
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5246 5800

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Community Care Chemist Friendly Society Ltd, PO Box 26, Geelong 322003 5246 5800, enquiries@communitycarechemist.com.au, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday