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As pertussis cases rise in 2012, MinuteClinic helps underscore important role of clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that MinuteClinic is urging parents and guardians to protect their children and themselves by getting the proper vaccination is important as it not only addresses a serious health concern, but also underscores the valuable role that retail-based health clinics can play in health care.

(THE NEWS: MinuteClinic urges vaccination as pertussis cases rise in 2012. For the full story, click here)

MinuteClinic is urging parents and guardians to obtain a DTaP shot (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) for unvaccinated children under 7 years old. Booster shots, known as Tdap, also are encouraged for all pre-teens, teens and adults.

Prompting the alert is the fact that there has been a reemergence of whooping cough in recent years and, just within the first three weeks of January, at least a dozen states have reported confirmed cases.

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Unimmunized or incompletely immunized young infants are particularly vulnerable. Health officials are strongly urging that children be vaccinated against the disease and parents, family members and caregivers of infants get a booster shot. Health officials have indicated that vaccination is the best way to stop the spread of pertussis.

As the article indicates, pertussis is not to be taken lightly as the disease can result in hospitalization, particularly among infants. There are about 300,000 pertussis-related deaths worldwide per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Clearly, nurse practitioners are in an ideal position to speak with their patients about the vaccination and to field questions about pertussis. And many clinic locations offer the Tdap vaccination.

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Fresh & Easy uses social media to recruit interns

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Tesco’s U.S. subsidiary is looking for interns.

Fresh & Easy said it is hoping to fill 30 paid positions within such company departments as human resources, supply chain, commercial, marketing, information technology and engineering. The company said it is hoping to find interns to fill the positions by posting the openings on Fresh & Easy’s new careers Twitter account, along with the Fresh & Easy’s careers website.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a current student enrolled in their senior year or a recent graduate from a 4-year accredited university and must commit to full-time work.

“The Fresh & Easy internship program is a great opportunity for students and recent grads to gain once-in-a-lifetime experience with a fast-growing company,” Fresh & Easy recruitment director Emma Weare said. “Last year, more than half our interns found full-time opportunities within Fresh & Easy.”

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Target expands list of Canada stores opening next year

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few weeks after unveiling the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, Target released an expanded list of stores that will debut in 2013.

The stores listed included two in Alberta, two in British Columbia, 29 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan. Additional details can be viewed here.

As previously reported, Target purchased the leasehold interests of 189 sites currently operated by Zellers, and is slated to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada, the majority of which will open in 2013. Approximately $10 million to $11 million will be invested to remodel each facility, the retailer said.

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