Did You Know Children Can Get Vaccinated at the Pharmacy?
Parents now have more options to keep their child up to date on vaccines.
Pharmacies can offer routine shots to children, which means keeping your family healthy just got a little bit easier. In many communities, pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals – and pharmacies typically have flexible hours that extend beyond 9-to-5.
Federal health officials recently expanded their policies in 2020 to allow licensed pharmacists and pharmacy interns to order and administer immunizations to children age 3 years to 18 years. In response, Blue Cross has expanded the number of pediatric vaccines covered through the pharmacy benefit. Members have the option to receive their routine vaccines at pharmacies within our network.
It is important to check with your pharmacy to see if they are offering this service, as not every pharmacy may offer immunizations to all age groups.
The many disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a significant drop in routine childhood immunizations. It’s important for children to continue to get vaccinated against infectious diseases as pandemic restrictions loosen.
Remember: the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 isn’t the only disease children and teens could encounter.
Routine vaccinations for the flu, measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, polio and the pneumococcal bacteria that can cause serious infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis, are all highly important. Vaccinations protect children and teens from these damaging illnesses and overall, keep the population healthy – which is especially critical when health care resources are stretched thin during the pandemic.
Vaccines are essential to public health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are committed to increasing access and removing barriers to health care.
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