CDC recommends vaccine may be given to provide short term protection
to anyone 16 to 23 years of age
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens is now offering vaccinations that provide protection against
most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis)
at all of its pharmacies, including Duane Reade pharmacies in New York,
and Healthcare Clinics nationwide. Vaccinations are available daily
without an appointment and may be covered by insurance.
Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners can
administer the new meningitis B vaccines (Bexsero® or Trumenba®) in most
states to individuals ages 10 through 25.* The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically recommends that meningitis B
vaccines may be given to provide short term protection to anyone 16 to
23 years of age.
Meningitis spreads through the exchange of respiratory and throat
secretions and primarily affects adolescents and young adults. Teens and
adults whose immunity has faded or live in close quarters, such as
college dormitories, may also be at risk.
“We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that
vaccination is the best protection against meningitis,” said Richard
Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations.
“Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners
continue to play an important role in providing more convenient access
to vaccinations and other preventive services, and these new vaccines
can be instrumental in helping to control meningitis.”
According to the CDC, symptoms of meningitis usually are sudden onset of
fever, headache and stiff neck. It can start with symptoms similar to
influenza (flu) and will often also cause nausea, vomiting, increased
sensitivity to light, rash and confusion.
In addition to the meningitis B vaccines, Walgreens also offers the
quadrivalent meningococcal vaccines that protect against four serogroups
(A, C, W, and Y). Patients are encouraged to speak to a health care
professional or pharmacist to determine their vaccination needs.
To find the nearest Walgreens, call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit www.walgreens.com.
*Vaccines are subject to availability. Age, state and health-related
restrictions may apply.
one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail
Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA),
the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More
than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities
across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health
and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores
with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes
Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com and VisionDirect.com. More than
400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail