PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As many states experience an increase in flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations, Safeway is helping customers stay healthy by offering traditional and High Dose (HD) flu vaccines at store pharmacies. In addition, those who get a flu vaccine will receive a 10% off coupon to be used on an entire shopping trip.
"Safeway pharmacy is committed to supporting the efforts of our State, County, and City Public Health departments to protect the public from flu by ensuring that we have flu vaccine available in every pharmacy," said Darren Singer, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy. "Our pharmacists administer the vaccine on a walk-in basis. The process is simple, convenient and affordable."
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu season peaks as late as March, so it is not too late to get the protection of the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine. In addition, to avoid the risk of flu-related complications, the CDC stresses the importance of annual flu shots for people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, or immunosuppressive conditions.
Flu shots are available at all Safeway Pharmacy locations during normal business hours, seven days a week, on a walk-in basis. No appointment is required, and no prescription is necessary. Age restrictions may apply and vary by state.
Immunizations are administered by Safeway pharmacists who collectively have given more than 5 million vaccines over the past decade. The pharmacy has a full range of flu vaccines available, including a high dose that is targeted to ages 65 and older. Patients should consult their pharmacist to determine the best type of vaccine for them. Safeway's pharmacy staff can also provide further tips for flu prevention and patient care, as well as a full suite of other immunizations.
More information about locations offering the flu vaccine can be found at www.Safeway.com/flu or by contacting a local Safeway store.
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