Bartell Drugs continues flu vaccination program

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs continues its extensive seasonal flu vaccination program at all of its 63 locations and currently has supplies of physician-prescribed antiviral medications to treat flu illness, the company has announced.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's flu season has officially crossed the epidemic threshold nationwide. While most of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and may reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.

Flu shots at Bartell Drugs are available any time during pharmacy hours without an appointment. Pharmacists can immunize anyone five years of age or older (ages five through 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Also offered is Fluzone High-Dose, designed specifically for people aged 65 years and older. It contains a higher amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) than regular flu shots, which creates a better immune response.

Bartell Drugs also has supplies of physician-prescribed antiviral medications, including Tamiflu, for those experiencing early symptoms of the illness. Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time of sickness, and may prevent serious flu complications.

According to the CDC, for those with a high risk medical condition, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

For local businesses or retirement communities with 15 or more employees or residents, Bartell Drugs offers its off-site flu clinic program.

For businesses, the program provides a convenient way to decrease lost productivity and time due to sickness. Employees vaccinated against influenza help protect their families and coworkers from contracting the virus. For retirement communities, the program not only helps residents protect themselves, but getting a flu shot also protects those around them, some of whom may be at higher risk from complications associated with the flu.
 

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