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Pharmacists Role In Promoting And Administering Immunizations In Pennsylvania
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 102 on June 29, 2002, amended P.L. 673, No. 102, Section 9.2, known as the “Pharmacy Act”, which expanded the scope of duties that can be performed by pharmacists. Specifically, a pharmacist who is granted authority may administer immunizations to persons who are more than 18 years of age. This amendment was codified in to agency regulations and set forth at 49 Pa Code 27.401-7, and were approved on July 1, 2006.
As the flu season approaches, you may be thinking about getting a flu shot. Today, there are plenty of places you can go to get it and other vaccines: the supermarket, your workplace and increasingly, the pharmacy. And it's not necessarily a nurse or doctor who will give you your vaccine — it could be the pharmacist.
Immunizations are an essential component of preventive health care. Through Healthy People 2020, national vaccination goals have been set to increase immunization rates and decrease the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease. Despite the availability of effective vaccines and Medicare coverage and commercial insurance coverage for influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines, and all other recommended immunizations for adults and older adults, the prevalence of vaccine-preventable disease remains alarmingly high. One approach to improving access to immunizations is to increase the number of sites where patients can be immunized. Immunizations have always been offered at traditional sites like physician offices, hospitals, or public health clinics. However, in recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on involving nontraditional sites like pharmacies to increase immunization rates.Back To Top
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