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Ohio pharmacists can start administering the MMR vaccine to adults
Gov. Kasich's an emergency order in light of Ohio's measles, mumps outbreaks

Jo Ingles
Ohio has recorded more than 600 cases of measles and mumps.
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At least 22 counties in Ohio have recorded outbreaks of measles and mumps. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that he thinks will help deal with the problem.

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There are more than 400 probable cases of mumps in Ohio right now.  And there are more than 230 probable cases of measles. 

That’s why health officials are urging Ohioans to check their records to make sure they are vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella with the MMR vaccine.  Gov.Kasich says the outbreak is at a point where an emergency exists.  So he has signed an executive order that would allow pharmacists to administer that vaccine so Ohioans 18 and over who need the shots can get them quickly.

Right now, pharmacists in Ohio can administer a variety of other vaccines including those for influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  With this executive order, it is hoped that many pharmacies will soon start providing the MMR vaccine, too.


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For the past 2 weeks I have been calling health Departments where I am told the immunization is over $100.00 and they want the money up front even though I have insurance, they told me to call Walgreens. I have called 2 different ones and they tell me the only one that gives them is over 1 hour away from me. I called both Walgreens and Riteaid today after I heard that the above was passed and they don't know when this is going to happen. So now here I am working in the healthcare profession and I have never had the mumps. I sure hope that places start giving this and advertise that they are.

Posted by: Joyce (Newton Falls, Ohio) on June 11, 2014 11:06AM
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