Wisconsin legislators introduce vaccination bill amid measles outbreak

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) After a nationwide measles outbreak lawmakers in Wisconsin have proposed a vaccination bill.

The measles are a very rare yet contagious respiratory infection which causes a skin rash and flu-like symptoms. It can be spread airborne or through skin to skin contact and can be extremely dangerous for children. Measles can linger in the air where an infected person has coughed or sneezed for up to two hours. Symptoms will not appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure.

Right now there is no treatment, however it is preventable by vaccine. Wisconsin has strict rules when it comes to pharmacists giving immunization shots.

“We want to be able to make sure that parents and patients have the opportunity and the option to go to a pharmacist to get their vaccinations,” said State Senator Patrick Testin.

A proposed bill by Senator Testin will give pharmacists the ability to administer vaccinations to young children with a doctors prescription.

“We think this is a crucial legislation because in under-served and our more rural areas where there may not be a physician within a particular county,” said Testin.

The bill could be passed very soon, allowing properly trained pharmacists and pharmacy students to give immunization shots.

Amanda Lojewski

Amanda Lojewski

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