Updated Mon, Jun 9, 2014 3:46 pm
There are more than 400 probable cases of mumps in Ohio right now, and there are more than 230 probable cases of measles.
That’s why health officials are urging Ohioans to check their records to make sure they are vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella with the MMR shot.
Gov. John Kasich says the outbreak is at a point where an emergency exists. So he has signed an executive order that would allow pharmacists to administer that vaccine so that Ohioans who are 18 and over and need the vaccine can get it quickly.
Right now, pharmacists in Ohio can administer a variety of other vaccines including those for influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
With this executive order, it is hoped that many pharmacies will soon start providing the MMR vaccine too.