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Safeway provides flu vaccination incentive
January 13th, 2014
PLEASANTON, Calif. – With many states seeing a rise in flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations, Safeway Inc. is giving customers some incentive to get immunized.
The food and drug retailer said Friday that those who get a flu vaccine at its pharmacies 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."
Safeway has about 1,200 pharmacies in its more than 1,400 U.S. supermarkets. Flu shots are available at all of its pharmacy locations during normal business hours, seven days a week, on a walk-in basis. No no prescription is necessary.
Immunizations are administered by Safeway pharmacists who collectively have given more than 5 million vaccines over the past decade, according to the company.
The pharmacy's range of flu vaccinations also includes a high-dose immunization for people age 65 and older. Safeway said patients should consult their pharmacist to determine the best type of vaccine for them. Its pharmacy staff can also provide further tips for flu prevention and patient care, as well as other immunizations.
Safeway noted that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu season peaks as late as March, so it's not too late to get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that people ages 6 months and older get immunized for the flu. Safeway added that, to avoid the risk of flu-related complications, the CDC emphasizes the importance of annual flu shots for people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD or immunosuppressive conditions.