Rite Aid’s Flu Immunization Campaign Off to Strong Start
Rite Aid’s annual flu immunization campaign—one of the most important initiatives of the year—is in full swing as the company looks to protect the health of its patients while further demonstrating that pharmacists can provide valuable health services beyond filling prescriptions.
During the company’s quarterly conference call with investors on Sept. 28, Chairman and CEO John Standley said this year’s campaign is off to a strong start. Last year, Rite Aid administered more than 4 million total immunizations for the first time in company history, including more than 3.2 million flu shots.
Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, and patients benefit from the convenience of being able to visit their local Rite Aid during normal pharmacy business hours to get an immunization without making an appointment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination by the end of October. It also warns that certain groups of people, such as those with diabetes, pregnant women, and adults over 65 are at greater risk from complications from the flu.
“Getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available is the single best way for patients to protect themselves from the flu and maintain their overall health, while also helping prevent the spread of seasonal flu,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 certified immunizing pharmacists and thousands of locations across the country, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid today will help our patients protect themselves and their families throughout flu season.”
Shielding Your Workforce from the Flu
Hosting clinics for local businesses and organizations continues to be a key opportunity to protect additional patients against the flu. According to the CDC, the flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays each flu season.
To help employers and their workforce fight the flu, Rite Aid will again offer onsite workplace flu clinics staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy.
Supplier partners are encouraged to visit shieldmyworkforce.com or call 1-855-882-5948 to schedule convenient onsite flu clinics for their employees.
New KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic Visiting Partner Charities to Provide Free Flu Shots
Rite Aid has also hit the road this year to help protect children and their families from the flu thanks to the all-new Rite Aid Foundation KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic, which provided free flu shots to children, family members, charity staff and volunteers.
Staffed by professionally certified Rite Aid immunizing pharmacists and associates from local stores, the Mobile Flu Clinic recently visited eight KidCents charities throughout the east and west coasts to offer games, goody bags with Rite Aid gift cards and refreshments in addition to no-cost flu immunizations.
The tour kicked off Sept. 13 and visited the following locations:
- Sarah Heinz House (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
- Joshua Group (Harrisburg, Pa.)
- Hearing and Speech Agency (Baltimore, Md.)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve (Akron, Ohio)
- Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (Detroit, Mich.)
- Children’s Home Society of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County (Fresno, Calif.)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (Escondido and San Diego, Calif.)
At each stop, The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program presented a grant of $10,000 to the partner charity.
“We’re really excited to visit several of our KidCents charities to provide a valuable health and wellness service that further demonstrates our commitment to being a caring neighbor,” said Director of The Rite Aid Foundation and Charitable Giving Initiatives Tracy Henderson.