Massachusetts residents can now get more than just flu shots at the neighborhood pharmacy via a new policy adopted by state health regulators. Pharmacists now have the authority to administer 10 additional adult vaccines. This includes measles, mumps, and rubella; tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough; shingles; pneumonia; hepatitis A and B; polio; HPV; chickenpox; and meningitis.
Kevin Cranston, director of the state Health Department’s Bureau of Infectious Disease, tells The Boston Globe that the policy is intended to provide a more convenient and cost-effective way for consumers to get shots. It is also hoped it will also boost adult vaccination rates.
However, the Massachusetts Medical Society says the new policy will make it harder for doctors to track whether patients have received their necessary shots and are up to date with vaccination schedules.
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