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We do everything we can to keep our babies safe, and when they are born into this world they are so fragile and susceptible to all the illnesses around them. One of the biggest threats to babies in their first 6 months of life is Pertussis (aka Whooping Cough).
Pertussis is a highly communicable disease that infects the lungs resulting in uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. The nickname “whooping cough” comes from the sound made when trying to take a breath. It is spread like a cold through coughing and sneezing exposure and many people spread the disease not even knowing they have it. About half of all infants who come down with Pertussis in their first year will be hospitalized and it can also lead to death in these little ones, which is why it is so important to make sure that those around your new baby are up to date on their Whooping Cough Vaccine.
It’s not always easy to ask those who want to be around baby to go get a vaccination (like Grandma and Grandpa), but if this is important to you, Walgreens has a wonderful program that may help you convince them to go get vaccinated.
Walgreens has partnered with the United Nations for the Shot@Life campaign by offering the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program. When you get a whooping cough (or any other immunization besides flu) at Walgreens, Walgreens will donate a life-saving vaccine to a child in need. You will not only be protecting yourself and those around you, but also protecting a child who wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive the much needed vaccinations.
Let those who want to come around your baby know that if they get the whooping cough vaccine at Walgreens that they’ll be helping out those who need help the most. Helping others is something we all want to do, and this is an easy way to help!
Walgreens offers Whooping Cough vaccinations whenever their pharmacy is open, and no appointment is necessary.
*Due to state restrictions Walgreens CANNOT administer a whooping cough shot in the following states: FL, NH, NY. All medical information given should not be used in place of seeing a doctor. Thank you to Walgreens for sponsoring this article.
*Donation currently valid for non-flu vaccinations. Aggregate donation of up to $1 million. Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.
Thank you to Walgreens for sponsoring this post.