Important Information about Vaccines
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has issued an advisory recommending an additional measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for at-risk individuals. While the vaccine isn’t recommended for newborns or people over 60, the DOH recommends getting an additional MMR vaccine especially if you live or work in crowded conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that during a mumps outbreak, individuals should make sure they’re up to date on their MMR vaccine. Talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated.
If you have an HMSA plan, the first two doses of the MMR vaccine will be covered as a benefit of your plan. The amount of your copay will vary, depending on what kind of plan you have. A third MMR vaccine is not a covered plan benefit. However, HMSA will cover the cost of the third vaccine as a service to the community.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mumps outbreak page.