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Advice for public on concerns over pharmacy vaccinations

November 25, 2011

Members of the public may be aware from media reports that a number of people who got their flu vaccine at their pharmacy may have received too low a dose.

The advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) expert group is that anyone who received a lower dose is not adequately vaccinated and will have to get another full dose of the vaccine.

This revaccination should be done as soon as possible to make sure patients are protected against the flu.

There are no known additional safety issues for patients who have received a lower dose or with any second vaccination.

Pharmacies are now working to identify all the patients who got the lower dose and all of these patients will be contacted by their pharmacist over the coming days to come back to the pharmacy to get revaccinated.

Any member of the public who got their flu vaccination in their pharmacy and who is concerned about their flu vaccination should contact their pharmacy or pharmacist.

Concerns or queries from the public can also be sent to us at the PSI either by email to or by calling 1850 PSI REG (1850 774 734) – this helpline is open Monday to Friday during office hours.

It is important that anyone in a high risk group or those aged 65 and over get their vaccine and are protected against the flu.

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