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Safeway, Inc. and Save Mart Supermarkets are providing shoppers with H1N1 vaccines at selected store pharmacies.
Safeway is offering seasonal flu shots in all of its 1,730 stores and the H1N1 flu vaccine in 17 states on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary.
“A number of factors make people more susceptible to seasonal flu and H1N1 flu during the holiday season,” said Dave Fong, SVP of pharmacy for Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway. “Simply traveling to visit family could mean being in an enclosed airplane with airborne viruses. It is difficult to avoid potential exposure, but easy to lessen your chances of becoming ill by getting vaccinated.”
Modesto, Calif.-based independent Save Mart pharmacies in the Reno-Tahoe, Nev., area will offer vaccinations against the H1N1 flu virus for high-risk individuals, including pregnant women, children and young adults aged six months through 24 years old, people aged 25 through 64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems, health care workers, and household contacts and caregivers of children under six months of age.
The vaccine is free, but there’s an administrative charge of $15, and select health plans will be accepted. The vaccinations are being performed by Columbia, Md.-based Maxim Health Systems.
Safeway operates 1,730 stores in the United States and western Canada. Save Mart has more than 240 stores in northern California and northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, and FoodMaxx banners.