New Law In Indiana Makes Getting Vaccinated Easier and More Affordable
Indiana legislators just passed a law that will make things a little easier (not to mention cheaper) for patients. Under the new law, anyone aged 11 or older no longer needs a prescription to get their tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis (TDaP) shots, nor do they need to see a physician to get vaccinated against human papillomavirus or meningitis. And seniors can head to their nearest pharmacy to get their pneumonia vaccine.
The Indianapolis Star reports:
“Vaccines are the most effective way to protect people from getting sick. For a variety of reasons, though, many people are not fully immunized, especially teens and adults. They may not have easy access to a health-care provider, or visit too infrequently. The high out-of-pocket costs for seeing a doctor may also be limiting for some Central Indiana residents.
Using doctors alone for certain vaccines leaves many people without the opportunity to get a vaccine or the knowledge that they may need one. Having more vaccines readily available at pharmacies will open access and raise awareness to the public. The Marion County Public Health Department helps fill this need by offering regularly scheduled immunization clinics and targeted community outreach programs, but more needs to be done.”
With this new law, legislators in Indiana have found a way to help keep health care affordable and accessible (and since just about everyone in the state has access to a pharmacy, this is definitely a step in the right direction), but we think that legislators will find that there is still much that can be done. Looking forward, we would like to see the Indiana legislature go even further by allowing for more CDC-recommended vaccines to be administered by pharmacists, including pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and younger.