May 23, 2019

Purdue Pharmacy now administering measles vaccine

Purdue Pharmacy is now administering the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine after Indiana Health Commissioner Kris Box issued a statewide standing order that allows patients to receive the vaccination without seeing a health care provider for a prescription first. 

The vaccine is covered 100% by Purdue’s prescription benefit insurance, and that includes covered spouses and dependents. Nicole Noel, director of Purdue Pharmacy, said the vaccine is covered by most insurance companies and anyone outside of Purdue can also receive the vaccine at Purdue Pharmacy. Purdue Pharmacy had not carried the vaccine until the standing order was issued earlier this month.

The vaccine is recommended for anyone who is not vaccinated, unsure of their vaccination status, health care personnel, traveling internationally, or a student at a post-secondary institution.  

Purdue has not had any cases of measles this year. Noel says receiving the vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of the disease, which has been on the rise nationally this year.

“While we haven’t had any cases on campus, we’re going to have people traveling to and from campus this summer from all over the country and even outside the country,” Noel said. “If anyone is unsure about their vaccination status, we’re encouraging those people to receive the vaccines as soon as possible.”

Appointments are not required at Purdue Pharmacy and walk-ins are welcome for anyone who wishes to receive the vaccine, Noel said. Patients are asked to bring proof of insurance with them. Purdue Pharmacy is located in the Robert Heine Pharmacy Building, 575 Stadium Mall Drive, Room 118.   

Center for Healthy Living

Another alternative for Purdue employees and covered dependents is to receive the MMR vaccine at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL). The center has been administering this vaccination and will ramp up availability with the issuance of the statewide standing order. The MMR vaccine, when administered at CHL, is no cost to employees and covered dependents.

Appointments are not required at CHL, but it is preferred that individuals call ahead to ensure the vaccine is available and their name is added to the nurse schedule. Individuals who are not currently patients at the center will be asked to fill out new patient paperwork as well as sign an MMR consent form. The center is located in Purdue West, next to Follett’s Bookstore. 

Purdue University Student Health Center

The Purdue University Student Health Center also has MMR vaccines available for students who may need them. They can call or schedule online with the Allergy and Immunization Service.

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