Rite Aid offering seasonal flu shots

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Rite Aid offering seasonal flu shots

By David Salazar - 08/01/2017

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has announced the availability of seasonal flu shots at its pharmacies ahead of flu season. The company said that its immunizing pharmacists would be administering the flu vaccine at its more than 4,500 pharmacy locations.

“Getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and maintain one’s overall health, while also helping prevent the spread of seasonal flu,” Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad said. “With more than 11,000 certified immunizing pharmacists and thousands of locations across the country, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid today will help protect you throughout flu season.”

Rite Aid this year is offering a quadrivalent flu vaccine, offering protection against four strains of the flu — influenza A H3N2, A H1N1 and two strains of influenza B — as well as standard trivalent vaccine and FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with an adjuvant to create a stronger immune response, approved for patients ages 65 years and older.

Most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B cover flu shots, the company said, adding that they would be available during regular pharmacy hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the flu vaccine by the end of October for everyone ages six months and older.