CAMP HILL, Pa. — Seasonal flu shots are currently available at all Rite Aid stores, the company said. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the drug store chain encouraged all age groups to get flu shots as soon as possible to help maintain strong immune systems, keep communities thriving and to help play a role in minimizing the number of flu hospitalizations this year.
“Rite Aid has remained on the front lines helping communities during these challenging times, and our team of certified immunizing pharmacists are the whole-being health advocates customers can depend on for guidance this flu season,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Rite Aid. “Our trusted pharmacists are here seven days a week to offer a holistic approach to keeping our communities as healthy as possible, including insight into ancillary vaccines, as well as vitamins, supplements and wellness products that can support immunity and overall health.”
Rite Aid chief medical officer Dr. Kel Riley added, “At a time when our health care system is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, protecting our communities from the flu is more important than ever. We are prepared to immunize more individuals and families during the upcoming flu season than in any previous year. As COVID-19 and flu season collide, the role of our pharmacists defending the health and wellness of our communities is more critical than ever before.”
Rite Aid said its pharmacists are available to provide personalized consultations for patients to learn about other vaccinations that may help in offering further protection against preventable illnesses.
This year, Rite Aid’s flu vaccinations include:
- Quadrivalent flu vaccine, which provides protection against four strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza A H1N1 virus and two strains of influenza B virus.
- FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant, an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination, approved for people 65 and older.
- Fluzone HD, a high-dose vaccine indicated for patients 65 and older.
- Flublok, a unique vaccine that is processed without EGG, indicated for patients 18 and older.