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Ever wish you could do more to help children in developing nations but feel like you’re limited because of your budget? I know I do. I watch the news stories of kids suffering from outbreaks of preventable diseases and feel utterly helpless.
Walgreens, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, makes it easier to help. With the “Get a Shot. Give a Shot” program at Walgreens you can help save two lives at once when you get your whooping cough vaccine. Now that’s something to feel pretty good about!
What is Whooping Cough?
Whooping cough is one incredibly contagious and nasty bug that can send your baby straight to the hospital. By now you should know that I’m not an alarmist. I don’t go around yelling “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I didn’t caution everyone to freak out about Ebola, H1N1 or any of other trending media diseases. Pertussis, aka whooping cough, is different.
It’s NOT a trendy media-hyped disease. It’s been around for a long time. We’ve also had a vaccine for a long time. Despite the widespread availability of a vaccine, whooping cough outbreaks have increased in recent years in my area.
Whooping cough is a disease that quite literally takes your breath away. The main symptom is a violent cough that makes breathing difficult. That’s where the “whooping” comes in, from the sound you make as you try to get oxygen to your deprived lungs. Whooping cough spreads like wildfire, transmitting through droplets from coughing and sneezing, sometimes before you even know you have it.
Who Needs the Whooping Cough Vaccine?
Everyone should be vaccinated against whopping cough, but it’s especially important for infants, pregnant women and those who spend a lot of time around infants. While whooping cough poses a potential threat to any age group, babies in particular face the greatest risk of serious complications, including death when contracted within the first six months.
The first DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) isn’t given until about two months. That’s why it’s so important to make sure everyone around your baby is protected. Getting the whooping cough vaccine in your 3rd trimester also helps pass protection to your baby.
Get Immunized at Walgreens to Help Save Even More Lives
As I mentioned earlier, when you go to Walgreens for your whooping cough immunizations, you’ll also help save lives of children in need across the world through the Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot®. program, a partnership with the United Nations Foundations Shot@Life campaign. As the name implies, when you get a vaccine (other than the flu vaccine), Walgreens donates a vaccine to a child in need.
Aside from the social good you’ll be doing through that program, Walgreens is just an incredibly convenient option. They offer the whooping cough vaccine whenever the pharmacy is open, no appointment necessary. They have industry awards from major medical institutions, including the CDC and AMA and over 27,000 trained healthcare professionals, so you know you’re in good hands. When those hands are holding a shot, that’s pretty important!
Disclaimer: 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.
Do you have any experience with whooping cough? What would you tell someone to convince them that the vaccine is important?