Meijer pharmacies to host Back to School Immunization Events on Saturday, Aug. 12

Meijer pharmacies to host Back to School Immunization Events on Saturday, Aug. 12

 

Retailer offering vaccines this weekend to help kids and adults guard against flu season before it starts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies across the Midwest are holding Back to School Immunization Events this weekend to help families guard against the flu before classes start. Pharmacists in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky will offer vaccinations and information about other avoidable conditions that commonly affect school children at all 235 Meijer stores on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meijer Vice President of Pharmacy Operations Karen Mankowski says the goal of the events is to remind parents that back to school is the perfect time to give their kids a flu shot and minimize the spread of seasonal influenza. While every flu season is different, it’s the best way to keep families healthy at a time when viruses are most prevalent.

“Most people believe the best time to get a flu shot is when the weather gets colder,” says Mankowski. “But getting a flu shot before or soon after school starts can make a big difference. Once classes start, that’s when viruses become, well, viral, and it becomes difficult to keep influenza from spreading.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it can take approximately two weeks before flu vaccinations begin protecting from the seasonal virus. Flu outbreaks can begin as early as October.

Meijer operates 235 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. Most insurance covers the flu shot at the pharmacy without co-pay.  Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer offers a variety of vaccine options including:

  • Trivalent vaccine: Vaccines injected in the arm for $29.99. Note that limited quantities are available as manufacturers are phasing out this three-strain version of the vaccine.
  • Quadrivalent vaccine: A vaccine that covers four strains and is recommended for 4 years of age and up.
  • HD vaccine: This is the high dose version indicated for 65 years of age and older that is typically covered by Medicare Part B.

Getting a flu shot, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, may also count as prescription credits in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases. See program details for restrictions.

“There is no expiration date in receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy this flu season,” reminds Mankowski.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: 
Joe Hirschmugl
761-791-3943
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer pharmacists share tips for seasonal allergy sufferers

Meijer pharmacists share tips for seasonal allergy sufferers

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The return of warmer weather brings blooming flowers, fresh grass, and sunshine, which means itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing for seasonal allergy sufferers. As respiratory problems for an estimated 50 million people worsen, Meijer pharmacy experts are sharing tips to ease reactions to allergens and help everyone breathe a little easier.

“Whether it’s pollen from flowers and trees or environmental factors like mold and dust affecting allergy sufferers, the important thing is to minimize or treat the symptoms before they begin to escalate,” said Karen Mankowski, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Too often we wait until the symptoms hit to start thinking about seasonal allergies.”

Mankowski said it’s vital to make sure any allergies are diagnosed by a medical professional to better understand the cause before treating symptoms. Symptoms often include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes, itchy throat, or a combination. Once diagnosed, there are several options to consider to reduce the effects. Meijer pharmacists share information about these options:

  • Antihistamines: Can be taken by mouth or as a nasal spray, relieving sneezing and itching in the nose and eyes. They also reduce runny nose and, to a lesser extent, nasal stuffiness.
  • Nasal Corticosteroids: These anti-inflammatory medicines can reduce all symptoms when taken regularly, and can help block allergic reactions. They are widely considered to be the most effective medication for allergic rhinitis. Combining an antihistamine with a corticosteroid appears to be more effective than either of the nasal sprays alone.
  • Decongestants: Intended for short-term use, oral and nasal decongestants help decrease swelling of the nasal passages, relieving nasal stuffiness.
  • Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists: Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists, such as the prescription drug montelukast (Singulair®), block the action of leukotrienes – the chemical messengers involved in allergic reactions – when taken daily.
  • Cromolyn Sodium: Cromolyn sodium is a nasal spray that blocks the release of chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. The drug causes few side effects, but must be taken regularly four times a day.
  • Natural remedies include neti pots, saline spray, honey, herbs (spirulina, eyebright and goldenseal), steam showers, spicy foods, tea and eucalyptus oil.

Mankowski said before any over-the-counter antihistamines or allergy relief products are taken, patients need to ensure the allergies aren’t something more severe. Some people also struggle with asthma that’s either hereditary or caused by environmental factors. Even a cold can be mistaken for allergies as they have similar symptoms and duration.

Since respiratory problems are initially caused by pollen and dust in the air, one preventive measure is dusting, vacuuming and circulating clean air as much as possible. Other tips to consider include removing carpeting, not sleeping with pets and performing a deep wash of clothes, living surfaces and toys to remove dust mites that have remained stagnant all winter long.

“Being educated about allergies is the best way to manage through the season,” Mankowski said. “If you feel your allergies flaring up, see your Meijer pharmacist today about how you can beat them before the symptoms get out of hand.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer Pharmacies remind customers that it’s never too late to get a flu shot

Meijer Pharmacies remind customers that it’s never too late to get a flu shot

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer stores have experienced a 30 percent increase in cold and flu remedies being purchased over the counter at its pharmacies in recent weeks. According to Meijer pharmacists, this activity most likely indicates that many consumers may have passed on getting their annual flu shot.

“Flu viruses commonly peak in January and February. If you and your family have not gotten a flu shot, you can still get one,” Meijer Pharmacy Operations Vice President Karen Mankowski said. “It’s always better to get your flu shot earlier in the season, but there is no expiration date. Getting a vaccination now can only provide a better chance to protect yourself against the flu and help all of us stay healthier.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published that influenza activity is on the rise and that outpatient visits to the doctor are expected to increase in the coming weeks. The current flu shot for the 2016-2017 season is a good match for the predominant circulating H1N1, H3N2 and B strains.

Seasonal influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, lead to hospitalization and serious complications. Every flu season is different, and influenza effects vary. Common symptoms include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, and tiredness. Mankowski says it is important to understand the facts. Click here for the top Meijer flu myth busters.

Health experts recommend everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated as soon as possible because it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus.

Mankowski said each of the retailer’s 230 Meijer Pharmacies offer walk-in services without appointments and no co-pay fees under most insurance plans. Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options.

The flu vaccine, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, could also count as a prescription toward credits in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases. See program details for restrictions.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Joseph Hirschmugl
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com
761-791-3943

Source: Meijer

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