Senate OKs pharmacies for child flu shots

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania pharmacists could offer flu vaccines to children 9 years old and up, with parental permission, under legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate.

Senate Bill 305 would also allow licensed pharmacy interns who have completed appropriate training to administer the flu vaccine under a pharmacist’s supervision.

Current state law allows pharmacists and pharmacy interns to immunize only adults.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26), said his proposal would give parents an additional safe and convenient option to keep their children healthy.

A similar measure passed the House in April.

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