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Rite Aid to start accepting flu shot appointments
July 27th, 2010
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Next week, more than 3,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide will begin accepting advance reservations from customers for seasonal flu shots.
Rite Aid Corp. said Tuesday that starting Aug. 2 it will accept appointments for the flu immunizations scheduled in September or sooner, depending on vaccine availability. The drug store chain noted that this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that those ages 6 months and older get the flu shot, which protects against three influenza viruses expected to be the most common, including the 2009 H1N1 virus.
"As the CDC has recommended that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated, more people will be looking to get flu shots this year, and that's why we'll be accepting reservations for our patients starting next week," Robert Thompson, executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid, said in a statement.
More than 7,000 Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to administer vaccinations and available to answer questions. Patients can receive a flu shot from any immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. To find an immunizing pharmacist in their area and where reservations are being accepted, patients can visit www.riteaid.com.
Rite Aid also plans to hold flu shot clinics at more than 800 additional stores in October and November.
"With more than 7,000 immunizing pharmacists at 3,000 locations nationwide, and an additional 800 flu clinics, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid has never been more convenient than it is this year," Thompson added. "This is just one more example of how the neighborhood pharmacist, the most accessible health care provider, plays an important role in the well-being of the community."