Moree Discount Drug Store offering flu vaccinations

WINTER READY: Moree Discount Drug Store pharmacist Hafiz Dostizada gives a flu vaccination to staff member Josie Bussell. For every vaccination, $2 will be donated to help vaccinate impoverished children in India.
WINTER READY: Moree Discount Drug Store pharmacist Hafiz Dostizada gives a flu vaccination to staff member Josie Bussell. For every vaccination, $2 will be donated to help vaccinate impoverished children in India.

With winter just around the corner, Moree residents are encouraged to put their health first and get a quick and affordable flu vaccination at Moree Discount Drug Store to help impoverished children in India.

For every $20 four-strain influenza vaccination the local chemist does, $2 will be donated to charity organisation Free2Be as part of the ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ campaign, giving impoverished children in India access to improved healthcare, education, and vaccinations against serious conditions such as measles, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.

Discount Drug Stores’ pharmacist and national pharmaceuticals manager Stephenie Shea said the nation-wide program is a worthwhile initiative to improve healthcare outcomes both locally and globally.

“As a leading Australian pharmacy, we recognise the importance of equal access to healthcare, and the role we play in stamping out a devastating history of India’s child labour and trafficking,” she said.

A child receives a Free2Be flu shot in India, thanks to Discount Drug Stores' 'Get a shot, give a chance' campaign.

A child receives a Free2Be flu shot in India, thanks to Discount Drug Stores' 'Get a shot, give a chance' campaign.

“Now in our third year of running flu vaccination clinics and sixth year teaming up with Free2Be, we’ve seen the real impact we’ve made, and will continue to make, in the lives of those who are less fortunate than us.

“Last year the community participation program raised over $22,000 to help protect against life-threatening diseases and vulnerabilities such as child marriage and exploitation.”

Moree Discount Drug Store will be holding two flu vaccination clinics with an immunisation nurse on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11 from 9am to 3.45pm.

Store manager Julie Jones said it’s a great opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly for local businesses and children aged between nine and 18.

“We can do the whole office at once,” she said.

“People can just ring up and book in.”

The chemist can also do vaccinations for anyone aged 18 and up from now on, as long as pharmacist Hafiz Dostizada is in store.

A child receives a Free2Be flu shot in India, thanks to Discount Drug Stores' 'Get a shot, give a chance' campaign.

A child receives a Free2Be flu shot in India, thanks to Discount Drug Stores' 'Get a shot, give a chance' campaign.

Ms Jones encourages everyone, particularly the elderly, to get their vaccinations ahead of the flu season.

“It’s so that they don’t get the flu and don’t pass it around,” she said.

“Older people can’t fight it off as easily and when they get the flu it exacerbates other problems.

“No-one wants to get the flu.”

Special patient groups are eligible to receive the influenza vaccination subsidised under the government-funded National Immunisation Program. Visit www.discountdrugstores.com.au for more information.