Cold and flu remedy sales on the rise at Meijer pharmacies
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cold and flu remedies purchased over the counter at Meijer pharmacies have increased 30% over recent weeks, a possible sign consumers bypassed getting their annual flu shot during this winter season.
"Flu viruses commonly peak in January and February. If you and your family have not gotten a flu shot, you can still get one," Meijer VP pharmacy operations Karen Mankowski said. "It's always better to get your flu shot earlier in the season, but there is no expiration date. Getting a vaccination now can only provide a better chance to protect yourself against the flu and help all of us stay healthier."
Under the Affordable Care Act, flu shots are free for consumers in most situations as a preventative service. At Meijer’s 230 pharmacies, customers don’t need to pay co-pay fees for a flu shot under most insurance plans. Walk-in service as available at Meijer locations with no appointment necessary.
In a recently published report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated influenza activity is on the rise and outpatient visits to the doctor are expected to increase in coming weeks. The flu shot is reportedly a good match for predominant circulating H1N1, H3N2 and B flu strains.