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Safeway offers seniors high-dose flu vaccine
September 15th, 2010
PLEASANTON, Calif. – Safeway Inc. announced that all of its U.S. pharmacies can now administer a new high-dose flu vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration for senior citizens.
The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the vaccination, called Fluzone High-Dose, contains the same components as regular-strength flu vaccine but provides a superior immune response for people age 65 and older.
Safeway noted that seniors comprise 15% of the U.S. population but account for 65% of flu-related hospitalizations and 90% of flu-related deaths.
The supermarket chain kicked off its annual flu shot program late last month, offering flu immunizations on a walk-in basis at its in-store pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccine clinics at most of its other stores, which include the banners Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Randalls and Tom Thumb.
In addition, Safeway reported that it's providing an off-site flu clinic service for businesses, senior centers and nursing homes.
Overall, Safeway operates 1,712 stores, including more than 1,300 pharmacies, in the United States and western Canada.