MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Safeway prepared to administer flu vaccines throughout season

Safeway, Inc., a North American food and drug retailer, said on Friday that its pharmacies are prepared to administer traditional and high dose flu vaccines as many states experience an increase in flu cases.

Safeway is making flu shots available at all Safeway pharmacy locations during normal business hours, seven days a week. There is no appointment or prescription needed for the vaccine, though age restrictions may apply and vary by state.

"Safeway pharmacy is committed to supporting the efforts of our state, county, and city public health departments to protect the public from flu by ensuring that we have flu vaccine available in every pharmacy," Darren Singer, the senior vice president of pharmacy at Safeway, said. "Our pharmacists administer the vaccine on a walk-in basis. The process is simple, convenient and affordable."

According to Safeway, its pharmacists gave more than five million vaccines in the past decade. The company's vaccines include a high dose vaccine targeted for ages 65 and older.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season can peak as late as March, which means vaccines administered in January may still confer protection against the disease. The CDC recommends that all individuals aged six months and above get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended as especially important for individuals with chronic health problems to avoid the risk of flu-related complications.