Pertussis vaccine is in greater supply at Rite Aid stores in California following a surge in reported whooping cough cases in the state.


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Rite Aid responds to pertussis epidemic in California

June 19th, 2014

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Pertussis vaccine is in greater supply at Rite Aid stores in California following a surge in reported whooping cough cases in the state.

Rite Aid said Thursday that it has increased supplies of the Tdap booster vaccine at all of its 578 drug stores in California locations after the California Department of Public Health reported that the number of pertussis cases has reached "epidemic proportions."

So far in 2014, 3,458 cases of whooping cough have been reported in California, more than were reported all of last year, according to state officials.

Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists in California can vaccinate patients age 3 and older against whooping cough. Tdap vaccines are available during pharmacy hours on a walk-in basis.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is especially dangerous for babies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about half of whooping cough patients under one year of age need hospitalization and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the infection.

Rite Aid added that while young children usually get the pertussis vaccination from their primary care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends a Tdap booster dose between ages 11 and 12; people who didn't receive a Tdap booster dose at those ages should receive one as soon as possible. The Tdap immunization also is recommended for women who are pregnant as well as for health care professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and child care providers.

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