Vaccine for 2018-2019 Flu Season Now Available at All Wegmans Pharmacies

Rochester, N.Y., September 07, 2018 -

The influenza vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season is now available at all Wegmans Pharmacy locations. Getting your family ready for flu season is easy – just stop by your Wegmans Pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.

“Following the intensity of last year’s flu season, we can’t stress enough the importance of getting your annual flu vaccine, and getting it early in the season to best protect you and your family,” said Katie Niles, Wegmans pharmacist and pharmacy clinical and wellness services manager. “While the effectiveness of the vaccine varies each season, it remains your best line of defense and can reduce the severity of illness if you do contract the flu.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that for the 2016-2017 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented approximately 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations. In an effort to continuously improve prevention of seasonal flu, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. 

All Wegmans Pharmacy locations now offer flu vaccines for children and adults, including the standard quadrivalent vaccine, high dose for seniors, egg- and preservative-free options, and FluMist intranasal vaccine (availability expected Oct. 1). Our licensed pharmacists can provide flu shots for the family while you are in the store. Minimum age requirements for the pediatric flu immunization vary by state; contact your local Wegmans Pharmacy to learn more.  

The Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program offers onsite flu clinics for employers interested in giving employees a quick and easy way to protect themselves from the flu, without leaving the office. Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with online scheduling for employees, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered in all Wegmans market areas. For more information and to schedule an on-site flu clinic, visit the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program page on Wegmans.com. 

All Wegmans pharmacists are certified to administer immunizations through the American Pharmacists Associations’ Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program. Wegmans pharmacy employees can also assist customers who need help determining their insurance policy’s coverage. 

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 97-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com
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