The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that states that have not had the vaccine to prevent the deadly measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) outbreak won’t be able to get it next year.
States have until Dec. 31 to register for the MMR vaccine, but the U.N. said the deadline has been extended because of the outbreak.
A new vaccine is expected to be available in mid-January, but it will be too late to get one from China, Japan or other Asian countries that have had the MMR.
The U.K., for example, will not get its MMR vaccine until April.
A decision is expected on whether to delay the deadline for registration.
The Department of State said the extension means states are still going to have to register and apply for vaccines, which could mean extra waiting times and costs for consumers.
In some cases, the deadline will be extended.
The State Department said it was not immediately clear how many states had not had access to the MMR since the virus hit the U