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

nst tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis for all children entering seventh grade. 

Parents can face a number of obstacles for seeing that older children receive the recommended vaccines. For example, children who are healthy usually visit a doctor only once a year, and the visit may not coincide with the need for a vaccine.  Families may live in areas where there is a shortage of physicians, making it difficult to schedule an appointment in a timely fashion.  A parent's work schedule may also make it difficult to schedule a doctor's appointment during normal business hours. 

Expanding pharmacists' ability to administer vaccines would provide parents with a convenient alternative.  Pharmacies are generally open in the evenings and on weekends, making it easy to schedule a visit.  And community pharmacies are easily accessible in more than 2,000 locations throughout the state.  

In addition to being convenient, pharmacist-provided vaccines are also safe and effective.  Prior to administering vaccines, pharmacists must be licensed and have immunizations certification, which requires individual study, hands-on training and demonstrated mastery of technique.  As immunizers, pharmacists must also maintain a current CPR certificate.  Pharmacists have been safely providing immunizations to adults in the state for many years and Rep. Grove's proposal would bring Pennsylvania in line with what is currently being done in 36 states, without incident.

Undeniably, patients trust their pharmacists. In a November 2012 Gallup Poll, pharmacists ranked second on a list of 22 professions in terms of honesty and ethical standards.  One in five Americans now chooses to get a flu shot from their local pharmacist, according to the CDC.

"Families would greatly benefit from the option of pharmacist-provided vaccines for their kids," said Kroboth.  "I applaud Represen
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