Walgreens raises awareness around whooping-cough vaccine availability in Washington
DEERFIELD, Ill. — With epidemic levels of whooping cough reported in the state of Washington that are creating the need for more immunizations resources, Walgreens on Tuesday announced that it is offering immunizations that provide protection against the highly contagious respiratory infection (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) at all of its 129 locations statewide.
“We share in the recommendations of health officials that one of the best things people can do to help keep themselves and their community healthy is to get vaccinated,” stated Robbie Jacobs, Walgreens market pharmacy director. “As some of the most trusted healthcare professionals in communities across our state, this is an excellent opportunity for our pharmacists to help educate residents about the importance of vaccinations and how we can all work together to help slow the spread of disease to some of the most vulnerable: our children. It is extremely important for those who care for or are in contact with children also be immunized to help prevent the spread of disease.”
According to the Washington State Department of Health, there have been a total of 1,132 pertussis cases reported statewide through April 28, compared with 117 reported cases in 2011 during the same time period. The epidemic is on pace for as many as 3,000 cases in 2012.
Walgreens pharmacists in Washington can administer the vaccine to protect against whooping cough to patients older than 7 years.
For the latest pertussis immunization recommendations for children and adults, as well as vaccine information, visit the Washington State Department of Health website at DOH.wa.gov.
Kroger kicks off Honoring Our Heroes sales event
CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that it has kicked off a sales event during May that will support the broad range of programs and services the United Service Organizations provides to service members, their families and veterans.
Kroger said that its Honoring Our Heroes sales event will allow shoppers to save while supporting the USO. Shoppers can choose from hundreds of participating national and corporate brand items in departments throughout the store. When shoppers use their loyalty card to buy 10 participating items in a single transaction, Kroger will donate an additional $1 to the USO. What’s more, shoppers will instantly save $4 on their transaction.
Kroger hopes to generate a more than $1 million donation to the USO, driven by customer purchases, during the two-week sales event. Since 2010, Kroger has provided nearly $2 million to support the USO.
Reports: Costco looks to grow sales online
NEW YORK — Club retailer Costco Wholesale is looking to grow its online retail presence, according to published reports.
According to The Seattle Times, the company plans to introduce apps for Apple and Android devices this month in order to boost its online sales, which, at about $2 billion a year, are behind companies like Walmart and Amazon.
Citing industry statistics, The Seattle Times reported that Costco ranked 17th among online retailers, while Amazon had the top spot, and Walmart was fourth.