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.
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.
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.