Law expands immunizations given by pharmacists

TOPEKA, Ind. -- Modifications to a current Indiana law means pharmacists can provide immunizations for pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and HPV.

The first day of the month is usually the busiest for filling prescriptions at Topeka Pharmacy.

As of July 1st the pharmacist can fill your prescription – and give you more immunizations than before.

"We're trying to stay ahead of the curve so we don't have to make a lot of changes. We're already licensed immunizers. We have offices set up for that,” said Pharmacist Thomas Miller.

Now the pharmacist can give immunizations and vaccines for pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and HPV.

Miller says this change wasn't just about the health of kids.

"Indiana's immunization rates were so much lower for adults than the rest of the country and so to get more access to immunization, make the community healthier,” said Miller. “It’s an issue of access to get the community healthier in general. Pharmacists are always available pretty much without an appointment any time of the day.”

Click here to read the full text of the law

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