Rite Aid is letting patients get an early start on preparing for flu season. The retailer announced Thursday that all of its 2,466 Rite Aid pharmacies have begun offering flu shots for the coming season.
“Although last year’s flu season was less severe than the year before, it was the longest in 10 years. With flu season getting longer, it’s even more important to get a flu shot early,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Receiving a flu shot remains the best way to protect against the flu and its potentially severe consequences. We encourage everyone to stop by their local Rite Aid to get a flu shot today and help create flu-free communities.”
Rite Aid’s flu offerings include a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which works against four strains of the flu; FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant that is approved for patients 65 years old and older; Fluzone HD, a high-dose vaccine indicated for patients 65 years old and older; and Flublok, an egg-free vaccine indicate for patients 18 years old and older.
Rite Aid noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest anyone six months old or older get a flu shot early to avoid an epidemic. Of particular need are patients in groups that are more susceptible to complications from the flu, including pregnant women, adults older than 65 years old, children under 5 years old, patients with asthma or other chronic lung diseases, patients with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and anyone with a compromised immune system.