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Q: Can Iowa pharmacists give more than flu shots?

Posted September 18, 2013 in Advice Column

A: Just this year, the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 353 expanding Iowan’s access to health-protecting immunization services beginning Sept. 1, 2013. This legislation expanded the vaccinations to be included in a collaborative agreement between a pharmacy and a physician beyond influenza (flu) and pneumococcal (pneumonia) shots, as in the past. If outlined in the agreement, the pharmacists may now administer any CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommended vaccines for adults, including those necessary when traveling out of the country. The legislation also allows the agreement to include influenza and emergency-ordered vaccinations in children 6 years and older.

The pharmacist will review the Iowa Immunization Registry Information System which compiles each person’s vaccination history from all clinics and providers and is accessible to all registered healthcare providers and public health officials.  The pharmacist will document any vaccinations given and discuss any additional CDC recommended immunizations the patient is eligible to receive.

The legislation requires special training before a pharmacist may administer vaccinations as well as the collaborative agreement between the pharmacy, pharmacists and a physician. Many pharmacies will offer vaccinations with some pharmacies offering only selected vaccines. Payment for the vaccinations is subject to insurance coverage or is paid by the patient. Contact your pharmacy with any questions.

Information provided by Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 823 Second St., Webster City, 515-832-4025.

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