PHARMACY

Rite Aid rolls out seasonal flu shots

BY David Salazar

Ahead of flu season, Rite Aid on Friday announced the availability of seasonal flu shots at more than 2,500 of its pharmacies. The company said that on the heels of a vicious flu season, earlier is better for immunization.

“Last year’s flu season was one of the most severe seasons in recent years, with high flu activity across the country and a record number of flu-related hospitalizations,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Since we can’t predict what this flu season will be like, we urge everyone to get a flu shot at Rite Aid today, because getting vaccinated is the easiest and most effective way to fight the flu.”

Rite Aid is offering a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu — A H3N2, A H1N1 and two strains of influenza B virus. It also offers a trivalent vaccine and Fluad, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant, which helps boost the immune response to vaccination and is approved for patients 65 years old and older.

Rite Aid said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone six months old and older get a flu vaccination. In particular, older patients, people with diabetes, pregnant women and patients with asthma and other chronic lung disease, as well as patients with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease and those with compromised immune systems.

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