Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide and receive a flu shot from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours, no appointment necessary. Flu shots are $29.99 each and are covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID. “While it’s difficult to predict what any flu season will be like, we do know that getting a flu shot as soon as it is available is the single best way to be protected against the flu,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy. “That’s why starting now, Rite Aid is making flu shots available all day, every day, to help our customers and communities stay healthy throughout flu season.” Anyone who gets a flu shot at Rite Aid will receive a free coupon booklet that offers over $100 in savings, while supplies last*. The booklet includes savings on health and wellness, beauty and household items and other products available at Rite Aid. Members of Rite Aid’s free customer loyalty program, wellness+, will also 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). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot as soon as it is available, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. A flu shot is recommended every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change, including two different viruses for this season. The 2012-2013 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009.
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 2012-2013 flu season can be found at www.cdc.gov.Rite Aid pharmacists are also able to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough), shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Rite Aid’s year-round immunization program, visit www.riteaid.com. Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2012 annual revenues of $26.1 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com. *No purchase necessary.