Chains urge influenza shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from December 2–8, CVS Health and Rite Aid are encouraging patients to drop in for influenza vaccination, if they have not already done so.

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from December 2–8, CVS Health and Rite Aid are encouraging patients to drop in for influenza vaccination, if they have not already done so. "Flu levels are typically at their highest between December and February, and while we are seeing an increased number of vaccinations this year, it's important to remind those who have not yet gotten vaccinated that there is still time to do so," said Papatya Tankut, CVS Health vice president of pharmacy affairs. "With the flu typically spreading to many communities this time of year and people gathering for the holidays, it is especially important for families to get vaccinated to ensure they remain healthy through the holiday season and into 2019." Rite Aid also pointed to the CDC recommendation that most healthy Americans aged 6 months or older, including pregnant women, get vaccinated against influenza. "When it comes to the flu, prevention is better than treatment, and our more than 6,000 Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists stand ready to help people protect themselves from the flu this year," noted Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "When you get a flu shot, you're not only protecting yourself, you're also helping to protect the others around you from getting the flu."