Walgreen Co. has begun providing pertussis immunizations at all of its Colorado stores in response to a spike in the number of reported cases of whooping cough.


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Walgreens provides whooping cough shots in Colorado

February 4th, 2011

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has begun providing pertussis immunizations at all of its Colorado stores in response to a spike in the number of reported cases of whooping cough.

Walgreens said Thursday that its 150-plus drug stores in Colorado will offer whooping cough vaccinations daily on a walk-in basis.

The pharmacy chain noted that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is encouraging residents to get the Tdap booster vaccine (for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to help stem the spread of the disease.

"We support the recommendations of health officials that one of the best things people can do to keep themselves and their families healthy during this pertussis outbreak is to get vaccinated," Howard Atlas, Colorado market vice president for Walgreens, said in a statement. "There is strong awareness about the benefits of the vaccine, and hopefully we can continue to see a decline in the number of cases statewide through more people heeding the health department’s advice."

In mid-September, Walgreens announced that it would provide pertussis shots with no appointment needed at more than 150 stores in California, which it said was on a pace for the worst pertussis epidemic in nearly five decades.

Rite Aid Corp. and Safeway Inc. also responded to California's whooping cough outbreak this past fall by providing ready access to pertussis immunizations.

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