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What does the presence of nurses with the authority to prescribe flu vaccines provide?

MedExpress Team


Published Oct. 31, 2023 10:48

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According to the WHO, up to 10% of adults and 20% to 30% of children contract the flu annually worldwide. In Poland, more than 6 million acute cases of the disease were reported last season. There were 122 deaths due to influenza, and the vaccination rate in our country was only 5.7%. Experts from the National Program for Combating Infectious Diseases, together with the Supreme Chamber of Nurses and Midwives, are calling for expanding nurses' authority to issue prescriptions for flu vaccines to improve patient access to vaccination.

In March 2023, the president signed into law the Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products for Human Use Act, which gives pharmacists the ability to issue a full-pay prescription for the flu vaccine. Nurses are demanding the same rights.

"We call for the publication, still in this autumn-winter vaccination season, of an amendment to the regulation on the list of active substances contained in drugs, foodstuffs for special nutritional purposes and medical devices prescribed by nurses and midwives, as well as the list of diagnostic tests for which nurses and midwives are authorized to issue referrals (No. 1465)." - reads the letter to Minister Piotr Bromber, who spoke positively about such a solution. "Given the recent changes related to t...

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