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Rite Aid responds to increase in mumps cases

BY DSN STAFF

 CAMP HILL, Pa. — 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 reported more than 1,000 cases of mumps in the U.S. since the start of 2017.

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.

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 were 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 customers can complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history and find other educational resources on immunizations.

 

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CDC identifies risk of Zika virus transmission across three Florida counties

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission starting on June, 15, 2016, to present in Miami-Dade County, Fla., that also could affect risk for residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

CDC recently collaborated with the Florida Department of Health to conduct additional analysis of locally acquired Zika cases, including analysis of resident travel patterns between Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. This analysis has led to CDC identifying that since June 15, 2016, there has been a potential increased Zika risk for residents in Broward and Palm Beach counties because of local travel to areas of active transmission in Florida and challenges associated with defining sources of exposure.

This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen because of evidence regarding the persistence of Zika virus in this reproductive tissue.

This potential increased risk of Zika virus exposure associated with semen may be attributed to evidence confirming that Zika virus can persist in semen longer than in other body fluids and the ongoing concern about Zika virus infections that go undiagnosed because people have mild or no symptoms.
    
Blood donations throughout the United States are tested for Zika with laboratory testing, resulting in the removal of Zika virus positive collections in multiple states and Puerto Rico. Testing for tissue donors, including semen donors, is not currently available; however, tissue donors are asked travel history questions, and if they have traveled to or live in an area of active Zika virus transmission they would be determined ineligible under current FDA guidance.

CDC encourages women and their partners, in consultation with their healthcare providers, to consider this potential risk when trying to conceive. Additionally, healthcare providers should counsel their pregnant patients who might have been exposed to semen from men potentially infected with Zika virus about this risk. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause brain abnormalities, microcephaly and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defects, hearing loss and limb defects.

In collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, CDC has issued guidance to prevent Zika transmission for residents and visitors to the tri-county area.

 

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