Ohioans will soon be able pick up something new at their local pharmacy—their mumps vaccine. In response to a rising number of mumps cases in Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed an emergency order that will allow pharmacists in the state to administer MMR vaccines to adults aged 18
As the mumps outbreak continues, pharmacists are poised to play a key role in containment, as they make the vaccinations more easily accessible. Patients who don’t have access to a primary care physician or can’t get an appointment may just be able to walk into their local pharmacy, get their shot, and go.
State law determines which vaccinations can be offered at pharmacy. According to the American Pharmacists Association, 45 states can administer any vaccine. Ohio pharmacists are regularly permitted to administer vaccines for flu, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis.