Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rite Aid is joining the nationwide effort this week to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week
. In support of the CDC observance, flu shots will be available from Rite Aid-certified immunizing pharmacists at all Rite Aid pharmacies for only $19.99, subject to state regulations, from now through December 17. Flu shots are covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.
“Despite the popular myth, it’s not too late to get a flu shot as flu activity usually peaks during the winter months,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy, in a statement
. “There’s no better time than National Influenza Vaccination Week to get a flu shot. We encourage anyone who hasn’t done so already to visit their local Rite Aid for their flu shot this week, to protect themselves and their family this flu season.”
The CDC recommends that all individuals aged 6 months and older get a flu shot as the first and most important step in preventing the flu. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and can continue through mid-May, with the highest concentration of cases occurring between December and April. Flu symptoms include headache, body aches, fever, fatigue, sore throat and dry cough. Additional information about the upcoming flu season can be found here
Members of Rite Aid’s free customer loyalty program, wellness+, will earn 25 points when they get their flu shot (prescriptions paid for in whole or in part by state or federal healthcare programs such as Medicare or Medicaid and prescriptions filled in New York and New Jersey are not eligible by law for accrual of points).
Rite Aid pharmacists are also able to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, such as pertussis, shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Rite Aid’s year-round immunization program, visit www.riteaid.com