Pediatricians say pharmacy vaccination waiver no replacement for regular check-ups

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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Coming soon, parents won’t have to make an appointment with a pediatrician to get thier child immunized. Vermont is going along with a federal waiver that allows all pharmacists permission to administer vaccines to kids under 18. Channel 3′s Christina Guessferd finds out why Vermont doctors worry the move that was meant to help, could actually cause harm.“My kids get their vaccines as part of their annual physicals,” said Lauren Sivin of Tunbridge. She says her pediatrician is the central pillar for her kids’ care. It’s at those regular wellness visits that her provider also checks her 5 and 2-year-old’s height, weight, vision, and developmental and emotional health. “For me, the whole process is really important, and I wouldn’t separate that from the rest of the care that my kids are getting.”“What we really strive for is a medical home, where we follow these kids from birth to adulthood,” said Dr. Ashley Miller, a pediatrician at the South Royalton Health Center and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “By taking those vaccines out of the medical home, it’s just one more chance that we don’t have to …

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