In an effort to keep kids healthy, a new Illinois law will allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations to children.
Previously, kids aged 14 and up could receive certain vaccinations from pharmacists. Senate Bill 3513 now allows pharmacists to administer influenza and TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccines to children between the ages of 10 and 13.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, has been on the rise in Illinois over the last few years. Last year, the Illinois Department of Public Health received 1,509 reports of pertussis. So far in 2012, 1,300 cases have been reported. As a result, children entering sixth and ninth grades must show proof that they received the TDAP vaccine before they can attend school.
Senate Bill 3513 goes into effect immediately. For more information on these vaccinations, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.
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