Monday May 21, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts residents can now get more than just flu shots at the neighborhood pharmacy.

A new policy adopted by state health regulators gives pharmacists the authority to administer 10 additional adult vaccines. They are for measles, mumps, and rubella; tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough; shingles; pneumonia; hepatitis A and B; polio; HPV; chickenpox; and meningitis.

Kevin Cranston, director of the state Health Department's Bureau of Infectious Disease, tells The Boston Globe the policy is intended to provide a more convenient and cost-effective way for consumers to get shots.

It is hoped it will also boost adult vaccination rates.

The Massachusetts Medical Society says the new policy will make it harder for doctors to track whether patients have received their necessary shots and are up to date with vaccination schedules.