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Pharmacy Access Coalition Urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to Support Measure Expanding Access to Vaccines
Date:8/28/2013

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As students return to school in the final weeks of National Immunization Awareness Month, Pharmacy Choice & Access Now (PCAN) is urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support legislation that would increase access to vaccines for school-age children and teens.

The bill's prime sponsor, state Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), was joined by educators, health care professionals and students at the University Club in Oakland to highlight the critical role that pharmacists play in delivering quality health care to local residents.  House Bill 776 would provide a convenient option for parents wishing to vaccinate their children by allowing trained and qualified pharmacists to help increase immunization rates among children seven and older, with parental consent.

"Being vaccinated is critical to staying healthy at all ages. We have the opportunity to increase accessibility for Pennsylvania children to get the protection they need," said Patricia Dowley Kroboth, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.  "Expanding pharmacists' ability to administer vaccinations would be a big step toward correcting this and improving the health of people of the Commonwealth.  Pharmacists are trained and ready to help ensure that all school-age children and teenagers are properly vaccinated, and this legislation would give them the 'go-ahead to fulfill that mission.'"

Timely vaccinations are one of the safest, most cost-effective ways to prevent serious or even deadly illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for all children over six months, and state law requires a "TdaP" shot for protection agai
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