injectionWEBTHERE has been a stampede for flu shots in Wonthaggi after the Miners Dispensary offered a discount flu inoculation opportunity next Monday, May 16.

Initially the pharmacy had been hoping to offer a half day of flu shots but such was the level of inquiry that they expanded out to a full day, starting at 10am and going right through to 4.45pm.

A spokesperson for the Miners Dispensary said they had 144 appointment slots available but as of mid-morning on Wednesday, only a handful of appointments remained.

The shot is being offered at $15 for dispensary members and $25 for non-members.

The pharmacy will have a qualified immunisation nurse on hand to dispense the shots and they have sufficient doses to cover the demand on the day.

But they have no plans to organise another flu injection day at this stage.

The high demand for shots locally comes at a time when Victorian authorities report administering almost a million shots this season, currently at a record 950,000 and counting.

More than 10,000 doses a day are being distributed with the state on the verge of exhausting its present allocation.

Those who missed the opportunity to book at the Miners Dispensary can contact their local shire council [Bass Coast 5671 2211 or South Gippsland 5662 9200] who may be able to accommodate people at their regular immunisation sessions or to organised a workplace flu injection service.

Failing that, appointments can be made at your local GP, who will issue a prescription for the shot. You come back and have the shot administered by a practice nurse.