Last updated on August 28th, 2012 at 10:34 am
To encourage people to protect their health, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has kicked off its “Shield Yourself” flu vaccination campaign, offering three different options of this year’s influenza vaccine to help shield guests from the flu. Guests at any of the grocer’s in-store pharmacies can choose from the standard vaccination, a high dose vaccine recommended for those age 65 and older, or an Intradermal flu vaccination administered with a microneedle that is 90 percent smaller than traditional needles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a yearly vaccination provides the best protection throughout flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available, before the flu season really gets under way.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people age 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu as soon as the vaccine becomes available,” said John Fegan, VP of pharmacy for Winn-Dixie. “We have the flu vaccine now and offer guests quick and easy options to receive it while they do their grocery shopping. With the start of school, now is the perfect time to shield your health with a flu shot.”
Guests can secure a flu shot in any Winn-Dixie in-store pharmacy on a walk-in basis or can schedule an appointment online at www.winndixie.com/pharmacy. Winn-Dixie guests that enroll in Winn-Dixie’s Prescription Drug Plan will pay a discounted rate off the vaccination as follows:
• Regular flu vaccination $24.99;
• Intradermal vaccination $29.99; and
• Fluzone High Dose vaccination $44.99.
The flu vaccinations are covered by most insurance plans including Tri-Care and Medicare. There is no out-of-pocket expense for guests with Medicare Part B coverage.
Additionally, Fegan noted that Winn-Dixie pharmacists recommend washing your hands frequently; wiping down telephones, remote controls, and doorknobs with disinfectant; and keeping tissues handy to stop the spread of viruses. Guests receiving a flu vaccination will also receive a coupon book worth an additional $15 in savings on these health and wellness products, while supplies last.