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Pharmacies gearing up to offer MMR Vaccines

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Starting this week, the ohio state board of pharmacy issued an emergency rule.   It allows pharmacists to administer the m-m-r vaccine to anyone 18 years or older. There's a couple of factors at play that are fueling the urgency here.  First is the return of measles....in the north central part of ohio.  Second, in a large number of the mumps cases from the columbus area, the people infected thought they were protected, and that has health investigators looking for new answers.  Lucas County Health Commissioner, Dr. David Grossman says, "This wasn't one of those, oh this whole Group didn't get vaccinated, most of these people probably were vaccinated."  The mumps outbreak that started in O-S-U students...spreading to 411 people, is now prompting health investigators to look at reasons why these people got sick.  One avenue: could the mumps virus be mutating?
Or is the vaccine loosing it's protective qualities in some people?

If that's the case, you might see the vaccine schedule change, and people might require a booster dose at 16, 18 or 21.  T
o that end. the Ohio State board of pharmacy enacted a pre-emptive emergency rule just in case.  Allowing pharmacists ...like Connie Nietz at Walgreens to administer  MMR shots to people over 18-years old. "People can just walk into the pharmacy and get their immunizations, without having to make an appointment, they can just stop in at any time," says Nietz.  That move will happen within a week, while area pharmacies like Walgreens adopt procedure policies to administer the program."

 




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