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Question Without Notice No. 625 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 June 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

VACCINATION — INFLUENZA

625. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the minister's recent comments urging Western Australians to get the influenza vaccine and the potential public health crisis due to general shortages of that vaccine.

(1) Will the minister table the current stocks of influenza vaccine available for patients considered not high risk in the major regional centres of Broome, Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman and Port Hedland?

(2) If there are no stocks currently available in those regional centres, will the minister please provide an indicative delivery date?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The WA Country Health Service provides the influenza vaccine through the national immunisation program for patients considered at greatest risk of complications from influenza. Patients considered not high risk are able to access the influenza vaccine from private market supplies. The state government does not manage or have oversight of private market influenza vaccine supplies or distribution.

(2) Not applicable.