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RST: Should Pharmacists Give Child Immunizations? Plus, the Lincoln Highway Turns 100

Written by Radio Smart Talk | Jul 26, 2013 4:07 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Monday, July 29, 2013:

vaccine_lead.jpgVaccinations for preventable diseases like the flu, tetanus and hepatitis may soon be available to kids at your local pharmacy. A group of Pennsylvania state legislators led by Rep. Seth Grove of York County and Sen. Ted Erickson of Delaware County are backing House Bill 776. If passed, the legislation would allow pharmacists to vaccinate patients over age seven with parental consent. Currently, Pennsylvania law limits pharmacist-administered vaccines to those 18 years of age or older. 

Pharmacists, school administrators and health policy specialist support the bill stating it will make vaccines more accessible to families who made have barriers to them getting fully immunized. They also say it’s a move that fosters greater collaboration between doctors and pharmacists.

But some doctors have concerns. Those against the bill question safety, specifically when it comes to pharmacists administering hepatitis and meningitis immunizations.  They’re also concerned about the possibility of physicians receiving urgent calls from parents regarding delayed reactions to immunizations that the physician did not even know had been administered.

On the program to discuss these issues and more are Charles C. Kray, R.Ph. and President of Hershey CKC Pharmacy/HersheyCare. And joining us on the phone is Dr. Richard Shott, President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a cardiologist in Delaware County.

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Charles C. Kray

Coming up on the second half of the program…

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Route 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway, was the nation's first coast-to-coast highway stretching from New York City to San Francisco. Built in 1913 this charming stretch of roadway is dotted with vintage sights and sounds.  From the Shoe House in York to the Coffee Pot in Bedford…Route 30 winds its way through Pennsylvania creating a unique roadside museum filled with hidden treasures.

On Tuesday, July 30th at 8p on witf TV celebrate the historic roadway’s 100th anniversary with the documentary A Ride Along The Lincoln Highway. Hitch a ride with WQED’s Rick Sebak as he takes an in-depth look at the nation's first transcontinental highway.

Joining us is Producer/Narrator Rick Sebak and Mindy Crawford, President of Preservation Pennsylvania.

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Mindy Crawford

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-29 08:36

    Email from Judy:
    Glad that the financial aspect mentioned as a motivating factor for pharmacists now moving into immunization s rather than just flu shots.

    It seems to be agreed for pharmacies to mimic services usually bringing people to see their primary care physician. For example, the CVS down the street from me is now advertising back to school physicals. If there were not financial incentives for this, pharmacies would not be moving toward this. However, a pharmacist is not a physician and the danger of not having access a to health records seems dangerous,not only in terms of danger to children but also that we are awarding a competency status to those who are not credentialed to perform those functions.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-29 08:53

    Email from John:
    Immunizations by a pharmacist can only occur with parent consent and physician consent. If a pediatrician or parent does not want their patients to participate they simply would not order the immunization. The physician remains in control. Yes? Also, administration and safety protocols are made with physicians involvement. So physicians are included in all aspects, yes?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-29 08:59

    Email from Angela:
    Having grown up in the land of Lincoln just off the Lincoln highway (also rt 30 where I lived) in the small town of Morrison, Illinois, a kind of quaint town with old fashioned store fronts, preserved over the years, I have always appreciated the fact that I lived "just down the road" from friends I've met over the years.

    Turns out, my husband, who grew up in Elizabethtown, PA, was just down the road all along! Driving the whole rt is something I've often envisioned. Now I'm inspired to consider it more seriously!

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