CAMP HILL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With an increase in measles cases being reported in many parts of the
country, Rite Aid announced today that Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
vaccinations are available upon request at Rite Aid pharmacies
nationwide based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccine guidelines
and state regulations. No appointment is necessary and vaccinations from
a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist are available during normal
pharmacy business hours.
As of April 11, 2019, there are currently 555 confirmed cases of
measles, in the United States, according to the CDC. To learn more about
the CDC’s vaccine guidelines and state regulations, patients can visit
Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central at www.RiteAid.com/vaccinecentral,
where they will find information about the immunizations available in
their state, access educational resources on immunizations and complete
a free immunization evaluation.
“At Rite Aid, all of our pharmacists are certified immunizers that can
vaccinate patients against a number of diseases, including measles,
based on CDC’s vaccine guidelines and state regulations,” said Rite Aid
vice president of clinical services, Summer Kerley. “Our focus is on
providing value-based care that improves the health outcomes of patients
and the communities where we operate and offering immunizations is a key
component of that focus.”
According to the CDC, measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a
virus that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or
sneezes. Measles starts with fever and soon causes a cough, runny nose
and red eyes before a rash of tiny, red spots occurs.
The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with
the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4
through 6 years of age. Children can receive the second dose earlier as
long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose. Adults who do not
have evidence of immunity should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine.
Pregnant women should not get MMR vaccine. Patients should consult their
local Rite Aid pharmacist with any questions they may have.
About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading
drugstore chains with fiscal 2019 annual revenues of $21.6 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.