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The survey found the most common
reason for not getting vaccinated is that
they simply don't think they need it (48%).
Other reasons people give for avoiding
the u shot are:
• I've heard the u vaccine is more
dangerous than the u (19%);
• I never get the u (16%);
• It's too expensive (13%);
• I'm too busy (10%); and
• I'm scared of needles (9.7%).
Ms Flanagan said there are still
common myths, including the belief
that vaccination carried more risk than
the u virus and that the u was not a
'Vaccination is the most e ective form
of protection against the u. The risk
of adverse reactions, which is really
very minor, is far outweighed by the
much more serious risk of u, which
causes an estimated 15,000 deaths and
18,000 hospitalisations in Australia each
year,3 she said.
The survey also showed that parents
with children under 12 are more likely to
get the u shot (48%) than non-parents
(31%) and say the biggest reasons for
getting the vaccination are that they
don't have time to get sick (45%) or they
don't want to pass it on to their family and
1. Pure Profile research, nationally representative sample of 500
adults, commissioned by Priceline Pharmacy, respondents
were able to choose more than one response to some
questions. (Full breakdown of results available on request.)
2. NHMRC, Australian Immunisation Handbook, 2008.
3. Newall A, et al, Economic report into the cost of influenza to
the Australian health system, Mar 2007.
APESMA calls for audit
The Association of Professional Engineers,
Scientists and Managers Australia
(APESMA) has launched a petition
calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to
conduct a national audit into Australian
pharmacies after a Queensland based
audit found 44.3% of pharmacies were
not paying their sta correctly.
APESMA said the Ombudsman needs to
conduct an urgent audit to help make
sure the alleged illegal underpayments
are stamped out across the nation.
The petition can be viewed at: www.
Kos Sclavos said, 'it
is disappointing, but
that APESMA which
represents a small
number of pharmacists employed in
community pharmacy, has again chosen
to denigrate community pharmacy
and misrepresent the ndings of the
Queensland audit. The Guild remains
con dent that the vast majority of
pharmacists are paid appropriately and
in many cases are paid above the award
The Guild has published an industrial
checklist for the bene t of employees
working in community pharmacy. It is
available at: www.guild.org.au.
Chronic disease risks
embedded in our lifestyle
Most Australians have at least one
preventable risk factor for chronic disease,
according to a new report released by
the Australian Institute of Health and
The report, Risk factors contributing to
chronic disease, provides a comprehensive
picture of the lifestyle behaviours of
Australians that can contribute to chronic
diseases such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes,
depression, asthma and osteoporosis.
Diet is a very common risk factor for
chronic disease, with more than 90%
of Australians failing to consume the
recommended amounts of vegetables
each day, and only half consuming
AIHW spokesperson Ann Hunt said, 'this is
important because we know that people
with low fruit and vegetable intake have
higher risks of chronic diseases such as
heart disease and type 2 diabetes.'
The report also found that around 60%
of Australians do not do enough physical
activity to gain su cient health bene ts.
As a person's number of risk factors
increases, so too does their likelihood
of having some chronic diseases.
For example, men with ve or more
risk factors are twice as likely to report
depression than men with two or fewer
Similarly, women with ve or more risk
factors were three times more likely
to report stroke, and two and a half
times more likely to report depression,
than women with two or fewer risk
factors. More men than women have
ve or more risk factors (17% compared
The report also shows that certain risk
factors commonly occur together.
'People who consume alcohol at risky
levels are more likely to report daily
smoking than those who don't, and
daily smoking is also more commonly
reported by those who have insu cient
levels of physical activity. For people
who are obese, high blood pressure is
more common as a co-risk factor than for
people who are not obese,' Ms Hunt said.
The Report analysis shows that people
who live in areas of more socioeconomic
disadvantage are more likely to take
part in risky health behaviours, and
this is also true for combinations of risk
Asthma deaths increase
The National Asthma Council has
urged parents and carers of children
with asthma to take the condition
more seriously as new data reveals
asthma-related deaths among under
15-year-olds have more than doubled
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) data recorded 17 deaths in 2009--10
for children under 15 years compared to
seven deaths in 2005--06.
National Asthma Council Australia Chair,
Dr Noela Whitby AM, said 'this is the
rst time we have seen an increase in
asthma-related deaths among children
-- it's deeply concerning and should
be a major wake-up call for parents.
It's imperative that parents and carers of
children with asthma take the necessary
steps to ensure their child's condition is
controlled by implementing an ongoing
asthma management program and
following their doctor's advice.'
While the overall asthma death toll has
decreased signi cantly from a peak of 964
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