Rite Aid increases whooping cough booster vaccine supply to all Calif. pharmacies
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has increased supplies of the whooping cough booster vaccine, Tdap, at all 578 California locations after the California Department of Public Health reported that 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 have stated.
Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists in California can vaccinate patients ages 3 years and older 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.
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 states that about half of whooping cough patients under 1 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 vaccination from their primary healthcare providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends a Tdap booster dose between ages 11 years and 12 years; individuals who did not receive a Tdap booster dose at those ages should receive one as soon as possible. In addition, Tdap is recommended for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and child care providers. Women who are pregnant should get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy to protect their newborn from whooping cough.
Vestiage aims to ramp up retail growth with new national VP sales
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — With a focus on expanding its retail presence, Vestiage, which creates and distributes nutraceuticals under such brands as RegiMEN for men and Monterey Bay Nutraceuticals for women, has appointed Laura Stall as national VP sales.
Prior to joining Vestiage, Stall held various positions, including VP of sales, director of consumer marketing, director of trade marketing and chain sales manager, with such companies as PepsiCo, The Pillsbury Co., Aurora Foods, MillerCoors and Twinings Teas of London.
“I am very pleased not only to have joined Vestiage earlier this year, but am now looking forward to my new position and expanded responsibility,” Stall said. “The industry has been very responsive to our RegiMEN brand and we are confident that we will be in expanded retail distribution soon. I have personally made the sales calls at major retailers such as Kroger and Select Nutrition, as well as appointed well-respected brokers to major accounts for Vestiage. We are looking forward to working with these selected broker partners to expand into the natural, drug and mass classes of business. We are positioned for growth, and I am exceedingly optimistic about the multiple benefits our products offer the consumer.”
As national VP of sales, Stall’s responsibilities include the sales and marketing aspect within the grocery, natural and other retail channels of the company’s natural, healthy-aging lines; RegiMEN for men and Monterey Bay Nutraceuticals for women. In 2014, the company started with a small retail presence. By the end of the year, the company expects to have established a national retail presence with high quality retailers.
Supermodel Adriana Lima returns to Maybelline N.Y.
NEW YORK — Maybelline New York has announced that Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is returning to the brand. She previously served as global spokeswoman from 2003 to 2009.
Lima will make her Maybelline New York return in print and television advertising campaigns this summer.
The Maybelline New York veteran will rejoin a group of current spokeswomen that includes Christy Turlington, Emily DiDonato, Jourdan Dunn, Marloes Horst and a host of others.
“We are honored to welcome back Adriana to our amazing roster of spokespeople,” said Jerome Bruhat, global brand president of Maybelline New York. “Globally, women admire not only Adriana’s beauty, but also her commitment to helping those in need. We are honored to partner with her again. Her passion for life and positive energy is undeniable. She truly is a Maybelline woman.”
Fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and her native language of Portuguese, Lima has traveled the world and feels a strong social duty to give back through philanthropy. She has found charity work that is dear to her heart as a mother through the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti that helps give expecting mothers access to medical services in a safe and respectful environment.