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Minnesota-Specific Immunization Updates Offered by MDH

Friday, August 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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This summer, several important revisions to our Pharmacy Practice Act went into effect. One change expanded pharmacist immunization authority to allow administration of influenza vaccines to all eligible individuals 6 years of age and older (previous language was 10 years of age and older) and all other vaccines to patients 13 years and older (previous language was 18 years of age and older). Additional immunization language requires pharmacists to check Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) prior to administering any vaccines, except when administering influenza vaccine to individuals age nine and older and to report all vaccine administration to MIIC. These changes were, in part, the result of grassroots efforts from MPhA, MSHP, the College of Pharmacy, Duluth Area Pharmacists, and others representing the Pharmacy Practice Act Joint Task Force (PPAJTF).

To help support these changes, MDH staff are offering two webinars for pharmacists.

What: MIIC and Pharmacies
How to navigate MIIC and use its general features.
When: Tuesday, September 15, Noon to 1 p.m.
Register for MIIC and Pharmacies

What: Fall Flu Guide for Pharmacists 2015-16
Basic and new information on influenza disease and vaccine for Minnesota pharmacists.
When: Monday, September 21, Noon to 1 p.m.
Register for Fall Flu Guide for Pharmacists 2015-16

Additional MDH Pharmacy resources also include:

Immunization Delivery in Pharmacy Settings http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/hcp/pharmacists/index.html

MIIC and Pharmacies: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/registry/pharmacies.html

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