|[April 27, 2012]
Walgreens Offering Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine at All of Its 275 Points of Care Across Arizona
DEERFIELD, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
As health officials in Arizona are urging residents to make sure they're
vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, Walgreens (NYSE:
WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG) is offering immunizations that provide protection
against the highly-contagious respiratory infection
(tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) at all of its more than 275
points of care throughout the state. Immunizations are available daily
with no appointment necessary at all Arizona Walgreens pharmacies and
Take Care Clinics.
Walgreens pharmacists in Arizona can administer the vaccine to protect
against whooping cough to patients age 7-17 with a prescription, and to
those age 18 and older without a prescription. Take Care Clinics,
located at 28 Walgreens in Maricopa and Pima counties, can administer
the vaccine to those over 10.
"We share in the recommendations of health officials that one of the
best things people can do to keep themselves and their families healthy
during a possible outbreak is to get vaccinated," said Laura Zimmerly,
Arizona market pharmacy director for Walgreens. "In addition to
children, who are the most vulnerable, those who care for or are in
contact with children should also be immunized. We hope thatthrough
greater access to immunizations, we can keep our communities healthy and
help limit the spread of the virus."
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported a 41 percent
increase in its number of whooping cough cases in 2011 over the previous
year and more than double the number of cases reported in 2009. The
department is now working to educate residents about the importance of
immunizations that can protect against pertussis and other
vaccine-preventable diseases, as part of National Infant Immunization
Week and also in the wake of the county's first reported
pertussis-related death of an infant since 2009.
For the latest pertussis immunization recommendations for children and
adults, as well as vaccine information, visit the Arizona Department of
Health Services website at www.azdhs.gov.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to become America's first choice for health and daily living.
Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 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 7,847 drugstores in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 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 700 locations throughout the country.
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