Centers for Disease Control and Prevention States Flu Activity is Typically Highest Between December and February
CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — From now through December 12, Rite Aid will offer discounts on select trivalent flu shots in support of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Flucelvax, a cell based vaccine, will be available for $32.99, and the standard trivalent flu shot for $26.99, a discount of $5.* Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide are ready to vaccinate those who have not received their annual flu shot, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visitwww.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccination coverage from previous years has shown that influenza vaccination activity declines quickly after November,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “National Influenza Week is a great time to reinforce the importance of receiving your flu shot and to encourage our customers who haven’t done so already to visit their local Rite Aid and conveniently get vaccinated against the flu, as it is the best way to protect yourself and others from this potentially serious illness.”
Created by the CDC in 2005, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Flu symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue and running nose. Additional information about the upcoming flu season can be found at www.cdc.gov.
Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central, an assessment tool where visitors can complete a personal immunization evaluation, is an additional resource for people to further review immunization recommendations. By visiting Vaccine Central, customers can also, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations. Rite Aid pharmacists are available to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough), shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Vaccine Central, visit www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
*Vaccines available while supplies last. Age restrictions apply in some states. See pharmacist for details. Discount applies to Flucelvax and standard trivalent flu shot only thru 12/12/15.
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