As Number of Mumps Cases Increase Nationwide, Rite Aid Pharmacists
Stand Ready to Immunize
CAMP HILL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the number of mumps cases increase across the country, Rite Aid
pharmacists stand ready to administer the MMR (measles, mumps and
rubella) vaccine, subject to state regulations. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more than 1,000 cases of mumps in
the U.S. since the start of 2017.1
MMR vaccinations are available upon request at Rite Aid pharmacies in 28
states and the District of Columbia, subject to state regulations,
during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the
nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com
or call 1-800-RITE-AID. Cost varies based on the patient’s insurance
coverage and the MMR vaccine is covered by many insurance plans.
Currently, Rite Aid pharmacists in the following 28 states and the
District of Columbia, are able to administer the MMR vaccine, subject 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.
Although young children typically receive the MMR vaccine from their
primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the
CDC recommends that people 18 years of age or older who was born after
1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine unless they have either
been vaccinated previously or have had all three diseases. Pregnant
women should not receive an MMR vaccine.
According to the CDC, mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus.
Mumps symptoms begin with a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness,
and loss of appetite, followed by swelling of salivary glands, causing
puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.
In addition to the MMR vaccine, Rite Aid certified immunizing
pharmacists are able to vaccinate patients against more than a dozen
diseases based on the CDC’s vaccine guidelines and state regulations. By
visiting Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central, at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral,
customers can complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal
immunization history, and find other educational resources on
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading
drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District
of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
Rite Aid Corporation
Kristin Kellum, 717-975-5713