Pa. House OKs bill that allows pharmacists to offer flu shots to children

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania pharmacists would be allowed to offer flu vaccines to children ages 9 and older, with parental permission, under legislation approved Monday by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 182 would also allow licensed pharmacy interns under the direct supervision of a pharmacist to administer the vaccine.

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the author of the bill, said his legislation would increase convenience for parents. He said statistics show only about half of Pennsylvania’s children receive flu shots.

Grove said the proposal would also help active duty members of the military, veterans and their dependents. Under the military’s health care plan, all immunizations administered by a pharmacist are covered without a co-payment, but military personnel must pay out-of-pocket for flu shots at a doctor’s office.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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