FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Walgreens offers measles vaccine in Ohio

As of Wednesday, citizens of Ohio can visit any of the state's 250 Walgreens pharmacy without an appointment to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an executive order this week, enabling pharmacists to administer the vaccine to people over the age of 18. Patients age seven and older can receive the vaccine at healthcare clinics, 35 of which are located in Walgreens throughout the state.

There have been 297 measles cases reported in Ohio this year and 397 cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The government is urging citizens to make sure their vaccination records are up to date. Most insurance plans cover the MMR vaccination. Small children and international travelers are most at risk.

"Our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners are highly trained vaccination experts and Walgreens responded quickly to the need for more vaccination resources as measles cases have started to spread to different parts of the state," Nick Barsan, the market pharmacy director for Walgreens in Ohio, said. "The measles virus is highly contagious and the vaccine is the best protection people can get. Anyone unsure about their vaccination history especially as it relates to measles or mumps should talk to their pharmacist or physician as soon as possible."