Expansion of MMR vaccine a good move

With the measles and mumps outbreaks expanding yet again, we support a move by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to allow pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine in people 18 years and older, much the way adults can get flu shots at pharmacies.

Kasich signed the emergency order allowing the practice earlier this week. It will last 90 days.

As of Monday the cases of measles in Ohio had grown to 287. Meanwhile 417 cases of mumps have now been reported. Health officials are hoping an added resource for the MMR vaccine, one that doesn’t require an appointment, will help stem the spread of the diseases. In addition to the flu shot, pharmicists can also immunize for pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, and pertussis.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has petitioned to make the 90-emergency order permanent. We see no reason why the MMR vaccine couldn’t permanently become one of the vaccine administered by pharmacists to adults all of the time.