CAMP HILL, Pa. — Citing an upswing in mumps cases around the country, Rite Aid Corp. is spotlighting its pharmacies as a destination for the MMR vaccine.
Rite Aid said Wednesday that MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis during pharmacy hours at its drug stores in 28 states and the District of Columbia, subject to state regulations.
Since the beginning of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 1,000 cases of mumps nationwide, according to the drug chain.
The MMR immunization is covered by many insurance plans, and cost varies based on patients’ insurance coverage, Rite Aid said.
Though young children typically get the MMR vaccination from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends that adults born after 1956 receive at least one dose of MMR vaccine unless they have either been immunized previously or have had all three diseases, Rite Aid noted.
Currently, Rite Aid pharmacists in the following 28 states and the District of Columbia, can administer the MMR vaccine, according to state regulations: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Rite Aid added that its certified immunizing pharmacists can administer vaccinations for more than a dozen diseases, as permitted by state regulations. Customers can go online to Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central website for an immunization evaluation, as well as to track their personal immunization history and access other educational resources on vaccinations.