State health order allows all Indiana pharmacies to give measles vaccine

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - It's easier now for adults in Indiana to get the measles vaccine. The Indiana State Department of Health is allowing pharmacies that carry the vaccine to give the shot.

Under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centers, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship. (Source: Matthew Lotz/U.S. Air Force/MGN)

"It's just a little bit of paperwork, answering a few questions, and then we do the injection," Martin's pharmacist Staci Norman said.

They are simple steps to help protect yourself from getting measles.

Norman said the pharmacy has already got an upcoming appointment at the Erksine Plaza location.

"If you've been vaccinated, you should not have to worry. If you have not been vaccinated or don't know your vaccine status, then you can get this and alleviate those worries," she added.

More than 700 people in 22 states have been sickened by measles this year. One of those cases was in Indiana. In response, the Indiana State Department of Health is now allowing all pharmacies statewide to give the measles vaccine.

"With this restriction being lifted, you don't have to go to your doctor's office to get it, nor do you have to call the doctor, get a prescription, take it to the pharmacy," said registered pharmacist Jeff Huff of South Bend Specialty Pharmacy.

"We really haven't seen this type of an outbreak of measles in many, many years. Back in 2000, we were saying it was eradicated," Norman added.

The health department's standing order goes through the end of the year. It's for students and adults 18 and older who were born after 1957. Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are advised against getting the vaccine.

Before you go, it's best to check with your doctor or, now, your pharmacist before getting the shot.

Dr. Rob Riley also told NewsCenter 16 the state's goal is a good one. He said one potential downside is people getting the shot and might not need it. But, he added, as long as the person is medically approved to get the vaccine, the dose should not be harmful.