Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) is now offering vaccinations that
provide protection against pertussis (whooping cough) at all of its more
than 600 stores throughout the state, as the California Department of
Public Health (CDPH) is urging vaccination with the state reaching
epidemic levels of reported whooping cough cases. Vaccinations are
available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary
and are covered by most insurance plans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection
primarily affecting young children. Teens and adults whose immunity has
faded are also at risk. CDPH says there have been more than 3,400
whooping cough cases reported in 2014, well ahead of the number of cases
reported all of last year. There have been more than 800 cases reported
in the last two weeks alone1.
"We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that
vaccination is the best protection people can get from whooping cough,"
said Sepi Soleimanpour, California market pharmacy director for
Walgreens. "Walgreens pharmacists continue to play an important role in
providing more convenient access to vaccinations and other preventive
services to help Californians get, stay and live well."
Walgreens pharmacists in California can administer immunizations to
anyone age 10 and older.
The CDPH rcommends the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
for the following groups2:
Vaccines are subject to availability. Age, state and health related
restrictions may apply. To find the nearest Walgreens, residents can
call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit www.walgreens.com.
For the latest pertussis immunization recommendations from the CDPH,
visit its website at www.cdph.ca.gov.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone
in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness
services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of
pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility
and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services
improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers,
managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers
and the public sector. The company operates 8,216 drugstores in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the
largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness
centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750
locations throughout the country.
1 California Department of Public Health website
2 California Department of Public Health website
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