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Walgreens offering whooping cough vaccinations in California pharmacy locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has announced that it is now offering vaccinations that provide protection against pertussis (whooping cough) at all of its more than 600 stores throughout the California, as the California Department of Public Health is urging vaccination with the state reaching epidemic levels of reported whooping cough cases.

Vaccinations are available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are covered by most insurance plans.

“We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that vaccination is the best protection people can get from whooping cough,” stated Sepi Soleimanpour, California market pharmacy director for Walgreens. “Walgreens pharmacists continue to play an important role in providing more convenient access to vaccinations and other preventive services to help Californians get, stay and live well.”

Walgreens pharmacists in California can administer immunizations to anyone age 10 and older.

The CDPH recommends the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for the following groups:

  • Pregnant women and infants 6 weeks and older;
  • All adults who provide care to infants and adults living in a household with an infant, including adults age 65 and older; and
  • Preadolescents (ages 7 to 10 years) who are not up to date on pertussis vaccinations and who are living in a household with an infant.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection primarily affecting young children. Teens and adults whose immunity has faded are also at risk. CDPH says there have been more than 3,400 whooping cough cases reported in 2014, well ahead of the number of cases reported all of last year. There have been more than 800 cases reported in the last two weeks alone.

 

 

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University of New England’s George Allen selected for AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORTLAND, Maine – The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has invited George Allen, associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy, to participate in its 2014-15 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.
 
The program is a national leadership and management development program designed to cultivate the nation’s most promising AACP pharmacy faculty members to become future leaders in pharmacy and in higher education. Allen was one of 30 Fellows nationwide chosen to participate in the program, and the first from the UNE College of Pharmacy.
 
The Academic Leadership Fellows Program is a year long experience with four intensive sessions in residence spread throughout the year supported by an ongoing informal program of mentoring and introduction to leadership roles at the home institution.  
 
The four-session program includes leadership development; team building, exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education; and self and peer assessments. In addition to the four sessions in residence, Fellows participate in a collaborative group project.
 
“It is very exciting for Dr. Allen to be selected as a Fellow for this AACP Academic Leadership Program, as he has demonstrated the talents and dedication as a successful leader in the College of Pharmacy and the university. I know from my personal experience how valuable this Fellows program can be in developing and enhancing one’s academic career as a faculty leader. George will be an excellent representative from the College and UNE at this program,” Gayle A. Brazeau, College of Pharmacy dean, said.

 

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CVS/pharmacy promotes in-store fundraising campaign to battle lung cancer at Fenway Park

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A Kensington, N.H., resident and her family recently took the field with CVS Caremark and American Lung Association at Fenway Park to inspire fans to join Lung Force. This year, CVS/pharmacy is teaming up with the American Lung Association for a new in-store fundraising campaign to support Lung Force, a recently launched initiative that strives to make lung cancer in women a public health priority.

Since June 1 and through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers can contribute to Lung Force at the register in stores nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/lung, with all proceeds going to support the movement.

Jane Bannister of Kensington, N.H., showed her support for the campaign while encouraging women to stand together against lung cancer — the No. 1 cancer killer of women — by throwing out the first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox versus Minnesota Twins game on Monday. Joining her on the pitcher’s mound was Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at CVS Caremark. The pre-game tradition included a reminder to fans that there is still time to donate to Lung Force at CVS/pharmacy stores across the country.

Bannister’s mother lost her life in 2008 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Bannister has shared her story on the Lung Force website to raise awareness and help other women and their families. Her father also lost his life to lung cancer in 1991. She was cheered on at Fenway Park by her daughter, Catherine, a junior at Exeter High School in Exeter, N.H., her brother Ed Friedlander, and his son, Colton, age 6.

Others providing support to Bannister at Fenway Park included VP of the American Lung Association Alana Burns and president and CEO of the American Lung Association Northeast Jeff Seyler.

CVS/pharmacy announced the in-store fundraising campaign in early June to help fight the No. 1 cancer killer of women. In addition to making lung cancer in women a public health priority, Lung Force is seeking to drive policy change and increase research funding. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of Lung Force. 

“Our new campaign aligns well with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health and our commitment to partnering with community organizations to help more people lead tobacco-free lives,” said Howard Boone. “Lung Force is raising awareness about a critical issue for women and their loved ones. Our in-store fundraising will engage our colleagues and customers in raising awareness and critical funds for lung cancer research.”

CVS Caremark colleagues also are engaging in the Lung Force initiative by participating in local Lung Force events across the country. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, 2014, making them the first national retail pharmacy chain in the country to do so.

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