NMPSIA Members Can Get Measles, Shingles Vaccines with No Copayment

March 12, 2015 -- Employees who are covered under the NMPSIA Medical Group Plan can get measles vaccinations and shingles vaccinations with no copayment with an Express Scripts ID Card when prescribed and administered by a certified pharmacist.
July 16, 2015

Click here for a list of certified pharmacists on the NMPSIA website.

The measles vaccine is part of the MMR or MMRV vaccines. The trivalent MMR contains Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine. 

The quadrivalent MMRV contains Measles Mumps Rubella and varicella vaccines. The varicella vaccine in MMRV is to prevent chicken pox. 

For adults age 50 and over, Zostavax is available for prevention of shingles. Zostavax requires some special handling, so not all pharmacies keep it in inventory. Call in advance to make sure the pharmacy has it available. 

Taking the MMR and the Shingles vaccine on separate occasions is recommended. 

For an in-depth look at vaccines please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for vaccines (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/meas.html).

The CDC outlines considerations for revaccination for Measles. The following groups should be considered unvaccinated and should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine:

1) vaccinated before the first birthday;

2) vaccinated with killed measles vaccine (KMV);

3) vaccinated with KMV followed by live vaccine less than 4 months after the last dose of KMV,;

4) vaccinated before 1968; or

5) vaccinated with Immunoglobulin (IG) in addition to a further attenuated strain or vaccine of unknown type.

You do not have to be revaccinated if you have had the measles. If you do not remember if you have had the measles, it will not hurt to be revaccinated.