ABINGDON, VA (Thursday, September 8, 2011) – Company officials recently announced that Food City Pharmacy will once again be providing the seasonal flu vaccine in their pharmacies this immunization season.
“Food City was fortunate to be able to immunize thousands of customers with flu vaccine last fall. Over the last five years, we have certified over 100 of our pharmacists to administer vaccinations in accordance with the standards set by the American Pharmacist Association and the Virginia and Tennessee Pharmacy Associations and all flu shots are now given by a Food City Pharmacist,” stated Mickey Blazer, director of Pharmacy Operations.
Seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of influenza and will be available on a walk up basis at Food City Immunizing Pharmacies beginning September 1st (visit www.foodcity.com for a complete list of immunizing locations) and will continue throughout flu season based on the availability of vaccine. Food City Pharmacy will be following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines. While all individuals are encouraged to receive a flu shot, the CDC classifies the following individuals as High Risk for Influenza: persons 65 or older, residents of long-term care facilities, persons 2-64 years of age with co-morbid (more than one disease) conditions, pregnant women, healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care or household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under 6 months of age. The CDC strongly recommends that the High Risk individuals receive a flu shot.
The flu shots will be administered for $20 for Food City Prescription Discount Club members and $25 for non-club members. Several insurances including Medicare Part B will be accepted. Pneumonia shots will also be available for $70. Please consult your local Food City Pharmacy for details or visit www.foodcity.com for a complete schedule. Flu season is generally from mid-November through April.
“Food City takes pride in serving our community and we’re proud to once again offer our loyal customers the added convenience of flu vaccinations,” commented Steve Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City’s parent company) operates 106 supermarkets and 75 Pharmacies throughout the tri-state region of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.