Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:56:07 GMT
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure. That this week's developments end some of the two-and-a half year old mystery. Friends and neighbors say all this beginsMore >>
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:29:47 GMT
Chittenden Solid Waste District general manager Tom Moreau says the chemical aminopyralid is the herbicide found in Green Mountain Compost that ruined up to five hundred gardens last year including his. "We'reMore >>
The herbicide likely came from hay that came to the compost through manure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:23:32 GMT
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today -More >>
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today - requesting new attorneys. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:25:01 GMT
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. For voters in Peru, NY the reaction to the proposed budget isMore >>
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:10:06 GMT
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak. It happened around 2 on Hayes Avenue, as construction crews were working on a street project. FirefightersMore >>
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:30 GMT
For more than two and half years we haven't heard much from police about the death of Pat O'Hagan. That changed Tuesday when we received these federal documents that connects Michael Norrie, 22, KeithMore >>
Even with confessions of three people regarding the death of Pat O'Hagan, state prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge them. Instead, federal prosecutors are hoping to use that information to lock at least one of them behind bars for a longer time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:32:47 GMT
Here's a timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death. On September 10, 2010, police say 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan was attacked and killed inside her Sheffield, Vt. home.The next day a friend reportedMore >>
Timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:32:54 GMT
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Food Bank. A press release says the money will provide 19,800 meals for families throughout Vermont "The Vermont Food Bank is thrilled to again be theMore >>
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Foodbank.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:40 GMT
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, a judge also denied Patricia Prue, Allen's wife, a new lawyer. Patricia and Allen Prue are accused of strangling and beatingMore >>
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:22:01 GMT
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources: Red Cross You can also text REDCROSS to: 90999. Each text will donate $10 and will be charged to your phoneMore >>
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources. More >>
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Poll Shows 87 Percent of Texans Agree Pharmacists Should Be Allowed To Give Immunization Shots to Children
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Major Texas pharmacy groups today announced their support for vital legislation filed by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) and Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) – Senate Bill 1013, House Bill 2938 and House Bill 2222 – that would increase access to critical and cost-effective immunizations for Texas children by expanding immunization authority for Texas pharmacists.
When it comes to immunization rates, Texas ranks below the national average. Expanding immunization authority for pharmacists would encourage more childhood immunizations given the cost-effective and convenient nature of pharmacy-administered immunizations.
"Pharmacists are highly qualified and trusted health care providers who are in the best position to help meet the growing immunization demand and reduce the number of vaccine-preventablediseases for thousands of Texas children," said Joe DaSilva, chief executive officer of Texas Pharmacy Association. "Unfortunately, there are still many immunizations that Texans do not have easy access to, including the highly contagious Pertussis (whooping cough). Expanding immunization authority for Texas pharmacists will increase access to vital immunizations for children across our state, helping to prevent diseases and reduce health care costs in the long run."
State law currently allows pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to anyone over the age of seven, but only allows them to administer other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended vaccines – including tetanus, diphtheria and Tdap (whooping cough) – to those over the age of 14. SB 1013, HB 2938 and HB 2222 would allow Texas' highly qualified and certified pharmacists to administer much-needed vaccines to children over the age of seven.
Immunizations, including those administered by pharmacists, assist in preventing an estimated 14 million cases of vaccine-preventable diseases and 33,000 deaths nationwide. According to the CDC, vaccines are considered to be one of the safest, most efficient and cost-effective preventative measures against certain diseases.
According to a February 2013 poll by Baselice and Associates, 93 percent of Texas voters agree that "children, with their parent's consent, should be immunized to protect them against common childhood diseases such as measles, meningitis and chicken pox." The poll of 836 voters, conducted Feb. 20-24, also found that 87 percent of Texas voters – including 86 percent of Republican voters – agree that "trained pharmacists as well as trained nurses and physicians should be allowed to give immunization shots to children over the age of seven to help more children get the immunizations they need."
Texas' more than 10,000 licensed pharmacists are of critical importance for preventative care within their communities, especially in areas where patients have limited access to a doctor's office. For many Texans living in Medically Underserved Areas and Health Provider Shortage Areas, their local pharmacist is their closest health care provider.In addition, pharmacists offer more convenience in that they do not require a scheduled appointment and many are open extended hours.
"Increased accessibility to immunizations can result in fewer missed school days, fewer hospital visits and can even save lives," said John Heal, governmental affairs director for Texas TrueCare Pharmacy. "The filing of this legislation is an important step in the effort to improve the health of our children and reduce health care costs. We look forward to working with Sen. Taylor, Rep. Laubenberg and Rep. Wu to ensure more Texas children have access to these vital immunizations."