Economic Backbone - Pediatrics
Effort to expand flu vaccinations dies in the Florida Senate
In the flu season that ended in the spring, thousands of Florida children got the flu and 14 died. Most of those who died hadn’t gotten a flu shot. In a recent year, only 46.1% of Florida minors got a flu shot, placing Florida second only to Wyoming in the lowest percentage nationally. (Rhode Island led the nation at 76%.)
One of the most convenient channels for adults to get flu shots — the pharmacist at the drugstore or supermarket — isn’t open to children in Florida. The state is one of three that prohibit pharmacists from giving flu shots to minors. Some states allow it for everyone, while the rest allow it only after a certain age.
This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Florida Pharmacy Association; American Academy of Pediatrics
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