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1:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Indiana Laws on Vaccinations, Criminal Records Take Effect Today

New laws taking effect today  in Indiana allow pharmacists to offer more immunizations and let people convicted of most felonies and misdemeanors to petition to have their record expunged if they haven't re-offended in several years.

The new immunization law allows pharmacists to inoculate against pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV infections, and meningitis. It also lowers the age limit of those receiving vaccines from pharmacists to 11.

The chief medical officer for the state health department tells the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne that Indiana had been looking for ways to expand access to immunizations for several years.

The criminal record law means expunged convictions would no longer show up in public records.  Some  will be automatic, others up to a judge's discretion, and some need approval from prosecutors.