Columbus -- Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order June 9 allowing pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to adults as part of efforts to prevent further outbreaks of the diseases in the state.
The Ohio Department of Health has reported more than 400 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in 18 counties, including 340-plus in Franklin County. Many of the cases have been linked to an outbreak at Ohio State University in Columbus.
The state pharmacy board is pursuing a rule change to add the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to the list for anyone 18 years and older.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief.