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Report: Pertussis cases increase in Milwaukee

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Cases of whooping cough have been increasing in the Milwaukee area, according to published reports.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the bacterial infection known medically as pertussis is spreading among kids at school districts in Wisconsin, citing public health officials as saying that new, stronger vaccines may be needed.

The director of disease control and environmental health at the Milwaukee Health Department, Paul Biedrzycki, was quoted as saying that the number of cases in the area were "double" what they usually are in November.


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CVS/pharmacy enhances CVSphoto.com just in time for holiday season

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I.  — CVS/pharmacy has launched a new card and stationery shop on CVSphoto.com, as well as an enhanced and expanded collection of greeting card and invitation options for those looking to add a personal touch to holiday tidings.

With more holiday and occasion themes to choose from — as well as more than 1,200 new Hallmark designs — creating cards, invitations and announcements is easier than ever at home or at CVS/pharmacy photo centers nationwide, the company stated.

Pricing for greeting cards and invitations ranges from 65 cents each to $12.99 for a set of 20. With CVS/pharmacy’s same-day pickup photo service, customers can order their cards and stationery online and then pick them up the very same day at their local CVS/pharmacy.

New wall decor options also are now available online at CVSphoto.com and at CVS/pharmacy photo centers throughout the United States. The expanded collection includes canvas wraps, photo panels and photo posters.

All CVS/pharmacy photo center gifts can be ordered online at CVSphoto.com and then shipped free of charge to a local CVS/pharmacy for pickup. If preferred, customers also can create their gifts in-store at Kodak picture kiosks found in CVS/pharmacy photo centers.

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Fred’s comps up 1.5% for month of November

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s on Thursday reported sales of $152.1 million, up 4%, for the four-week fiscal month ended Nov. 26. Comparable store sales for the month rose 1.5% on top of an increase of 4.7% in the same period last year.

"Lapping very strong sales in the year-earlier period and facing an extremely aggressive competitive environment, we are pleased with our overall sales performance for November," stated Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. "Comparable store sales growth, driven largely by increased customer traffic, continues to reflect the success of our sales and marketing initiatives. Our best-performing Core 5 departments during the month included pet, household supplies and pharmacy."

During the month, Fred’s opened five new express pharmacy locations.

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