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Ohio pharmacists to administer MMR vaccines

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 08:28 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's continuing measles outbreak is part of the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. As a result, Governor Kasich issued an executive order to let pharmacists administer vaccines for measles as well as mumps and rubella.
The order would allow licensed pharmacists to give the vaccinations to people 18 and older.

One local pharmacist, A.J. Caraballo, says it's a good idea and people in his profession are more than qualified to administer them. "There are a lot of medically un served areas in Ohio and that's why we're seeing a lot of these measles and mumps outbreaks going on in the state right now," says Caraballo.

Currently pharmacists can give immunizations to adults for illnesses such as flu, tetanus and meningitis. And new legislation could allow them to do even more in the future.

"Ohio is near the bottom of the list in immunization rates. It's already been passed by the house, it's a house bill currently awaiting vote in the senate that would allow any pharmacist or pharmacy intern to provide any CDC recommended immunization to any patient 7 years or older in the pharmacy without a prescription," says Caraballo.

It's expected that pharmacies will be able to give out the immunizations without a prescription within 2 weeks to a month from today.  You should call ahead to see if they are available.

The governor's order to allow it to take place is only good for the next 90 days.
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