New law allows Montana pharmacists to give flu shots to kids

2011-09-27T06:36:00Z New law allows Montana pharmacists to give flu shots to kidsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 27, 2011 6:36 am  • 

Pharmacists in Montana will be able to give flu vaccinations to children age 12 and older under a new law effective Saturday.

Prior law allowed pharmacists to give flu shots only to people 18 years old or older. Senator Jim Keane, a Butte Democrat, sponsored the change that was approved by the Legislature last session by a wide margin.

The measure applies to both injected and inhaled vaccinations.

Corey Heffernan with the Montana Pharmacy Association says the change will allow parents to take their children to get a flu shot without an appointment. The federal Centers for Disease Control says 115 children and teens died from influenza last flu season in the United States.

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