Safeway to offer flu vaccines through clinics, on walk-in basis

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway on Thursday announced it would offer flu vaccines on a "walk-in" basis at Safeway pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccine clinics at most other Safeway stores.

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

 "We have made the process of getting a flu vaccine affordable and convenient," stated Gary Rocheleau, Safeway SVP pharmacy. "Individuals have no reason to go unprotected this flu season, nor should businesses risk lost productivity due to a sick workforce."

In addition to the regular flu vaccine, all Safeway pharmacies will be administering a high-dose flu vaccine called Fluzone High-Dose, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people 65 years of age and older. Adults above the age of 65 years comprise 15% of the U.S. population, but account for 65% of flu-related hospitalizations and 90% of flu-related deaths. Fluzone High Dose contains the same components as a regular-strength flu vaccine, but provides a superior immune response in people 65 years of age and older.

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