FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Whooping cough vaccine available at all Wash. Rite Aids

Rite Aid is encouraging Washington residents to get vaccinated against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, if they haven’t already done so.

Pertussis, given the name whooping cough for the high-pitched “whooping” sound usually accompanying severe coughing fits, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly dangerous for infants.
Last week, the Washington State Department of Health reported an increase in the number of whooping cough cases this year, revealing there have been 319 cases of whooping cough so far -- a 551 percent increase in the number of cases from 2014.

Rite Aid pharmacists are available to administer the whooping cough vaccine, Tdap, at all 139 Washington locations. Tdap vaccinations are available during pharmacy hours, and no appointment is necessary.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children 11 and older receive the Tdap vaccine.

The Tdap vaccine is also recommended for health care professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and childcare providers. Pregnant women should get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy to protect their newborn from whooping cough.

Tdap prices vary based on the patient's insurance coverage, and the vaccines are covered by many insurance plans.

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