Rite Aid stores to vaccinate against whooping cough


MONTGOMERY, AL - Patients needing vaccination for pertussis (whooping cough), which the Alabama Department of Health is now requiring for all students 11 and older entering sixth grade in Alabama schools, can get the shot at local Rite Aid stores.

Tdap, a single booster shot providing additional immunity against pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria, is recommended once after age 11 as a booster to the series of pertussis shots given to children before age 6.

    (Courtesy: Whoopingcough.net)

The shot is among vaccines against 14 diseases available at nearly 100 Rite Aid stores in Alabama. These same Rite Aid stores recently began taking appointments for seasonal flu immunizations, which will be available in September or sooner depending on when vaccines are shipped.

Store # City                              Address                                   Phone number

7071    Montgomery                2300 East South Boulevard     (334) 281-1312

7074    Montgomery                1734 Carter Hill Road              (334) 263-3818

7075    Montgomery                3903 Atlanta Highway             (334) 277-6683

7079    Montgomery                7931 Vaughn Road                  (334) 272-3860

7080    Montgomery                6995 Atlanta Highway             (334) 396-8415

7136    Dadeville                     459 North Broadnax St            (256) 825-4242

7174    Montgomery                10 West Fairview Avenue        (334) 265-3336

7175    Montgomery                1011 Perry Hill Road               (334) 270-0660          

Appointment or walk-in scheduling is available at all the stores.

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can cause serious illness and death. Before the introduction of the pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, whooping cough was blamed annually for 200,000 cases of illness and 4,000 deaths.

This number dropped to 1,000 cases of illness in 1976, but has been steadily rising ever since – especially among adolescents and adults. The new Alabama requirements are following outbreaks in 2009 and again this year, as well as epidemics in other states.

For more, visit http://www.adph.org.