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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway Inc. said it will offer flu vaccines at all its U.S. stores through February 2008, or while supplies last, on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies or via scheduled visits at clinics.
“The beginning of the flu season, October and November, is the best time to get vaccinated to ensure you are covered throughout the entire season,” said Dave Fong, Safeway s.v.p., pharmacy. “However, getting vaccinated in December or later can still be beneficial because the flu season can last as late as May.”
The grocer made available a list of stores offering flu and other vaccines at www.safeway.com/flu. In the U.S., Medicare Plan B participants not enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan will receive the flu vaccines at no charge, Safeway said.
Safeway said it also offers full-service adult and adolescent immunization services for the prevention of such ailments as shingles, tetanus, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningococcal and more.
Safeway owns and operates stores under the Vons, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Carrs, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Pak ‘n Save and Pavilions banners. The company operates 1,738 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.2 billion in 2006.