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Ohio pharmacists permitted to administer MMR vaccine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Governor John Kasich has signed an executive order authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to individuals 18 years and older.
 
The order will provide those adults who have not yet received the vaccination with additional opportunities to obtain the MMR vaccine.

The move is in response to recent outbreaks of mumps and measles in Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that, nationwide, the current measles outbreak is the largest outbreak of this disease in the U.S. since 1994, and states that the MMR vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent the measles and the mumps.

The Ohio Department of Health has recorded 249 cases of measles in six counties, and 416 cases of mumps in 18 Ohio counties.


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