OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 371

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF INJECTABLE VACCINES TO ADULTS IN PHARMACIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill expands the authority of licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to adults. Under current law, pharmacists may administer federally approved vaccines to prevent (1) flu, (2) invasive pneumococcal disease (pneumonia), and (3) herpes zoster (shingles). The bill instead allows them to administer any federally approved vaccine that is listed on the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Adult Immunization Schedule.

As under current law, pharmacists must administer these vaccines according to a licensed health care provider's order and Department of Consumer Protection regulations. By law, these regulations must require that pharmacists administering flu, pneumonia, or shingles vaccines complete an immunization training course. The bill expands this training requirement to pharmacists administering any adult vaccine on the CDC schedule.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

CDC Adult Immunization Schedule

The CDC currently recommends 10 adult immunizations depending on a person's age and medical condition:

1. flu;

2. tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap);

3. varicella (chicken pox);

4. human papillomavirus (HPV);

5. shingles;

6. measles, mumps, rubella (MMR);

7. pneumonia;

8. meningococcal (meningitis);

9. hepatitis A; and

10. hepatitis B.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

24

Nay

0

(03/23/2012)