Ontarians will soon be able to go to their pharmacist for travel vaccines.
The province has announced starting December 15th, common travel vaccines for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, HPV and shingles will be available at pharmacies for anyone over age of five.
The vaccines can also help protect against yellow fever, varicella, Japanese encephalitis, heamophilus influenza type B, BCG, meningococcal disease and pneumococcal disease.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins said because pharmacies are open evenings and weekends they serve as a convenient alternative to getting vaccines at a doctors’ office or clinic.
The move was welcomed by the Ontario Pharmacists Association, who say they were pleased by the decision by the province.
Since not all vaccines require a prescription, people will be able to ask their pharmacist for a shot without needing to go through their family doctor or primary care provider.
Flu shots will continue to be delivered by pharmacists free of charge.