‘Drive-through’ flu-shot clinics are popping up all around Australia

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, medical experts around the nation are urging Australians to get their flu vaccination.

With the threat of the deadly virus at bay - people are understandbaly worried to visit medical centres - many of which are well above capacity.

As a result, some doctors - including those at Forest Hill Family Clinic in Melbourne's east and a few in Adelaide's northeastern suburbs - have taken immunisation operation outside, setting up a drive-through flu vaccination clinics.

On March 31, more than 100 children and adults received flu shots in a car park, in a bid reduce foot traffic through the medical centre’s front entrance, according to Adelaide Now.

Medical HQ Glynde director Dr Rod Pearce told the publicaion the makeshift clinic in the carpark worked efficiently. In fact, amid the covid-19 climate, patients kept at a distance of 1.5 metres from each other while awaiting their vaccination, plus staff wore gloves and face masks during each vaccination.

A file photo of a fly shot.

Dr Pearce, director of the Immunisation Coalition in Australia also weighed in, and said staff took extra precaution by ensuring vaccine stations were separated by 2 metres.

It's important to note that the flu vaccine does not protect against contracting COVID-19, however Dr Pearce advised it would help reduce the risk of contracting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

Last year, Australia experienced its worst flu season to date with more than 310,000 people visiting their local hospital and health services nationwide.

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