Order expands adult access to measles vaccine
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box issued a statewide standing order to make it easier for Indiana adults to get vaccinated against measles, a highly infectious disease that has sickened more than 700 people in 22 states this year, including one person in Indiana.
The standing order means that adults do not need to see their healthcare provider for a prescription and can obtain the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine from any pharmacy that carries it.
Pharmacies and healthcare providers have been notified about the standing order. Hoosiers choosing to seek a vaccine using this order should contact the pharmacy to ensure vaccine is available and inform the pharmacist that they will be using the state health commissioner’s standing order. Vaccine costs will be billed to insurance.
Anyone born before 1957 is considered immune to measles because almost all individuals born prior to that year likely had measles. All family members should be up-to-date on MMR vaccine, especially before international travel. Healthcare providers can help determine if more vaccine doses are needed before traveling.
More information is available at www.cdc.gov/measles or https://www.in.gov/isdh/25456.htm.