Safeway offering flu vaccines on 'walk-in' basis

Vaccine covers H1N1, H3N2, Influenza B

Published  2:46 PM HST Aug 21, 2012
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HONOLULU -

Safeway, Inc. is offering flu vaccines this year on a "walk-in" basis at Safeway pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccination clinics at selected Safeway stores starting Aug. 21.

Safeway is also able to provide an off-site flu clinic service for businesses, senior centers and nursing homes that wish to provide their employees or residents with the convenience of receiving the flu vaccine where they work or live.

"We want to make it easy for individuals to protect themselves from this year’s strain of influenza by offering the flu vaccine in an affordable and convenient environment," said George Glukfeld, Hawaii district manager.  "Individuals have no reason to go unprotected this flu season nor should businesses risk lost productivity due to a sick workforce."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6
months and older get their yearly flu vaccination as soon as the vaccine becomes
available.

In addition, to avoid the risk of flu-related complications, the CDC stresses the
importance of people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes,
asthma, COPD, or immunosuppressive conditions receiving a flu vaccination this
season.

In the past two years, the flu vaccine had been the same. This year, the flu vaccine
contains a different strain of the flu virus from the previous two years.  The flu shot this year will protect against the H1N1, H3N2 (Victoria), and Influenza B virus.  The CDC stresses individuals get vaccinated annually to maximize their protection from the flu.

All Safeway pharmacies will have Fluzone HD, a high dose flu shot available for patients aged 65 years and older, as well as regular strength and preservative free presentations.

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