Original article from wearecentralpa.com
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY — Senate Bill 305 would allow pharmacists the ability to administer the flu vaccine to children 9 years of age and older with parental consent. The legislation would also permit pharmacy interns who have completed appropriate training to administer the flu vaccine under pharmacist supervision.
Current state law allows pharmacists and pharmacy interns to immunize only adults.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children at least six months old receive a flu shot every year, but only about 55 percent of Pennsylvania children do,” said McGarrigle. “Senate Bill 305 will allow more children to be immunized under safe conditions that are convenient to parents.”
In addition, under the U.S. military’s health plan, the bill would make it possible for the children of military personnel to receive free flu vaccinations.
The bill also requires that an individual’s primary care provider, if known, be notified within 48 hours of administration.
Senate Bill 305 now goes to the House of Representatives.