Rite Aid Increases Whooping Cough Booster Vaccine Supply to All California Pharmacies

Increase Comes After State Public Health Officials Report "Epidemic" Spike in Whooping Cough Cases for 2014

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CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Rite Aid has increased supplies of the whooping cough booster vaccine Tdap at all 578 California locations after the California Department of Public Health reported1 the number of whooping cough cases in the state has reached “epidemic proportions.” There have been 3,458 cases of whooping cough so far in 2014 – more than were reported in all of 2013, officials recently stated.

Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists in California can vaccinate patients age 3 and over against whooping cough and more than a dozen other diseases based on CDC vaccine guidelines. Cost varies based on the patient's insurance coverage and the Tdap vaccine is covered by many insurance plans. Tdap vaccinations are available during pharmacy hours and no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Named for the high-pitched “whooping” sound typically accompanying severe coughing fits, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly dangerous for infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about half of whooping cough patients under a year of age require hospitalization and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the bacterial infection.

Although young children typically receive the whooping cough from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends a Tdap booster dose between ages 11 and 12; individuals who did not receive a Tdap booster dose at those ages should receive one as soon as possible. Additionally, Tdap is recommended for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and childcare providers. Women who are pregnant should get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy to protect their newborn from whooping cough.

Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.

1. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR14-056.aspx

Contact:
Rite Aid Corporation
Kristin Kellum, 717-975-5713
kristin.kellum@riteaid.com

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