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DEERFIELD, Ill. — With the state of Colorado experiencing an increase in the number of reported whooping cough cases, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been encouraging vaccination to help increase immunity and stop the spread of the disease.
In response to this, Walgreens on Thursday announced that it now is offering immunizations that provide protection against pertussis (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) at all of its more than 150 stores throughout the state, every day, with no appointment necessary.
“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,” stated Howard Atlas, Colorado market VP for Walgreens. “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.”
Walgreens pharmacists in Colorado can administer immunizations to anyone ages 9 years and older, and immunizations are available during pharmacy hours at all locations.