Pharmacists authorized to provide immunizations

MARSHALL COUNTY — House Bill 1464 is among the more than 200 new laws that went into effect on July 1. This law provides that immunizations can be administered by pharmacists and pharmacy students, with the addition of several new vaccines.

“It’s a win, win for everyone all around,” said Marshall County Public Health Nurse Susan Lechlitner.

The new law adds immunizations for: pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and meningitis to the immunizations that a pharmacist is allowed to administer to an individual or a group of individuals following proper procedures. Formerly, the immunizations available at pharmacies was limited to influenza and shingles.

(For more on the law, check out the July 8 edition of the Pilot News.)