From the Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle.com
ATLANTA --- It's going to be a little harder to get a flu shot at some Georgia pharmacies this season.
Several of the state's large pharmacy chains said Friday they'll require each customer to have a prescription from their doctor to get a shot. For years now, patients have been able to pay a fee and a pharmacist would administer the shot without the customer needing any paperwork.
But a complaint filed this year with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy prompted a surprising legal decision: the flu vaccine is classified as a dangerous drug in Georgia, which means a prescription has been needed all along.
That touched off a flurry of sometimes contradictory advice from medical and pharmacy officials and worries that shots would be harder to obtain.
Gov. Sonny Perdue told pharmacists that they should "continue prior practices" without fearing prosecution.
But some of the larger pharmacy chains in the state say they aren't taking any chances.
Spokesmen for The Kroger Co. and Publix Supermarkets, which operate a combined 327 pharmacies throughout Georgia, each said they would now require customers to have a prescription for a flu shot.
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