Walgreens provides whooping cough vaccines in Washington

Washington residents can get vaccinated against whooping cough any day of the week during pharmacy hours at one of Walgreens' 130 locations throughout the state. | Courtesy of
Walgreens is offering pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations daily during pharmacy hours in more than 130 locations throughout the State of Washington, which said its volume of whooping-cough cases is four times what it was a year ago and urged the public on Wednesday to get vaccinated.

No appointment is needed, and the vaccine is covered under most insurance plans. People age 7 and older can receive this vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers whooping cough to be a highly contagious respiratory-tract infection. Young children make up the majority of whooping-cough cases. Adults and teens who have compromised or weakened immune systems are also at a higher risk for contracting the sickness.

"We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that vaccination is the best protection people can get from whooping cough," Sepi Soleimanpour, Walgreens' Washington regional health care director, said. "Walgreens pharmacists continue to play an important role in providing more convenient access to vaccinations and other preventive services in communities across the state."

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