BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. pharmacies are alerting U.S. communities that they are stocked with the flu vaccine and ready to immunize for the 2018-19 flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available is currently the best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older, with rare exceptions, to get an annual flu vaccination as soon as it is accessible. Vaccinations help protect individuals and those around them from 3 or 4 different flu viruses, depending on which vaccine suits a patient best. Albertsons Companies pharmacists are available to help consult with patients about their specific health conditions, recommend the appropriate formulation of flu vaccine, and administer it to them in the pharmacy.
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against possible severe symptoms, flu-related complications, and hospitalization. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions, and individuals ages 65 and up.
No appointment is necessary to get the flu shot at Albertsons Companies pharmacies. Flu and other vaccines, as permitted per state law, can be administered on a “walk-in” basis and are offered at more than 1,700 Albertsons Companies pharmacy locations, including those in Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, and Carrs stores.
Most insurance plans cover the flu shot and other immunizations. Everyone who receives an immunization will also receive a coupon for 10% off a grocery purchase, where permitted by law.