Here is some important information that you need to know if you are considering vaccinating children under 9 years of age. It is provided by the Alberta College of Pharmacists.
Q. Can a pharmacist with injections authorization administer Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (TIV) to children?
A. Yes, as long as the child is 5 or older and as long as the pharmacist uses provincially funded vaccine only for those children 9 and over.
The contract with AHS stipulates that pharmacists will NOT use provincially funded influenza vaccine for children under 9 and, according to ACP standards, pharmacists may not administer an injection to children under 5.
So that means if the pharmacist immunizes children 5-8 with TIV, he/she can’t use provincially funded vaccine and can’t bill Blue Cross, and so must charge for the vaccine and administration.
an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is caused by a virus
symptoms start suddenly and may include: fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and feeling tired. Vomiting and diarrhea can happen but is more common in young children
pneumonia is the most common complication of influenza
influenza can make other health problems worse
even healthy, young people can get very sick and die from influenza
each year, more than 12,000 people in Canada are admitted to hospital and 3,500 die from influenza
How it spreads
easily spread when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or even talks
the virus can be breathed in. People can be exposed to it when they touch something that carries the virus (e.g., hands, objects) and then touch their eyes or nose
influenza can spread before symptoms start
How to prevent spreading influenza
wash your hands with warm water and soap or use an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer) often
cover your cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue, not your hand