Rite Aid has increased supplies of the whooping cough booster vaccine Tdap at all 140 Washington locations after the state Department of Health reported1 "epidemic" levels of whooping cough. There have been 640 cases of whooping cough so far in 2012 â€“ nearly seven times the number of cases compared to the same three-month period in 2011, officials recently reported.
Rite Aid pharmacists in Washington state can vaccinate patients age 3 and over against whooping cough and more than a dozen other diseases as appropriate based on CDC vaccine guidelines. Cost varies based on the patient's insurance coverage and is covered by many insurance plans. To locate the most convenient location with walk-in appointments, visit the "immunizations" link at www.riteaid.com.
"Rite Aid pharmacists stand ready to give parents and caretakers help shielding their children against this dangerous disease," said Nirmal Singh, pharmacy vice president for the Rite Aid region including Washington. "A quick trip to the neighborhood Rite Aid can help protect loved ones for years to come."
Named for the high-pitched â€śwhoopingâ€ť sound typically accompanying severe coughing fits, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly dangerous for infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about half of whooping cough patients under a year of age require hospitalization and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the bacterial infection.
Although young children typically receive the whooping cough from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, immunization levels drop over time. The CDC recommends2 a whooping cough booster for everyone age 11 and older. The booster is also recommended for patients as young as 7 if any of the five regularly scheduled childhood whooping cough vaccines were missed.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nationâ€™s leading drugstore chains with approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2011 annual revenues of $25.2 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the companyâ€™s website at www.riteaid.com.
Last updated on: 11/04/2012