As students and their parents are carefully weighing each school supply purchase against their allotted budgets, Rite Aid is encouraging them to remember the most important back-to-school prep of all—to prepare for a year's worth of good health through up-to-date immunizations, plans for good oral health and vitamin regimens, plus ample supplies of cough and cold medications and first aid supplies. "Whether they're bound for kindergarten or college, it's no secret that kids do better in school if they're in good health. Rite Aid pharmacists are here to help with expert advice on a wide range of topics including immunizations, cough and cold medicines, vitamins and supplements, oral health care and even tips on how to build a basic first-aid kit for dorms," said Robert I. Thompson, executive vice president of pharmacy for Rite Aid. "Staying current on the recommended vaccination schedules is especially important this year since the CDC predicts high levels of whooping cough not seen since the '50s." There are more than a dozen diseases that Rite Aid pharmacists can vaccinate against depending on state regulations including influenza, pneumonia and HPV. Many primary and secondary schools requires students to show proof of certain vaccinations including whooping cough in order to attend classes, and some colleges require dorm-bound or healthcare students to get vaccinated against meningitis and Hepatitis B. For more information on the variety of convenient vaccinations that Rite Aid pharmacists offer in many states without appointment, visit www.riteaid.com/immunizations. Prepare for cough, cold and first aid needs After getting vaccinated against this year's expected flu strains, students will want to also stock up on any cough and cold supplies that may help keep them from missing classes sick in bed. Rite Aid pharmacists are always available to help counsel on the range of over-the-counter medicines available and can also help create a simple first aid kit for dorms.