Rite Aid Certified Immunizing Pharmacist Chris Altman and Dr. Caudleto Host Flu Facebook Live Event on Wednesday, Dec. 6
CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In an effort to encourage people to get a flu shot to protect themselves
from the flu this holiday season, Rite Aid is teaming up with Dr.
Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing
family physician, during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW).
Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005,
NIVW is a national observance that was established to highlight the
importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering
greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January. Last
week, the CDC reported that flu season is off to an early start and
could peak over the holidays if flu activity continues to increase at
its current weekly pace.
Dr. Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman
will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6
at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common
misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy
throughout flu season. To learn more about the event and set a reminder,
"Vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the
flu," says Dr. Caudle. "Rite Aid pharmacists undergo special training
and are professionally certified to administer immunizations and with
thousands of locations across the country, Rite Aid pharmacies are a
convenient and professional setting for flu shots. That's why I'm
partnering with Rite Aid and reminding people to get vaccinated as soon
As one of the most accessible healthcare providers, Rite Aid's 11,000
certified immunizing pharmacists are a valuable resource in helping
people fight the flu, which the CDC estimates will infect one in five
Americans this year. Rite Aid pharmacists are specially trained in
immunizations and are able to make vaccine recommendations based on an
individuals' specific health needs.
"Our pharmacists are on the frontlines of healthcare in the communities
they serve, and when it comes to fighting the flu, as certified
immunizers, they can be a patient's first line of defense," says Jocelyn
Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "And because flu
activity typically peaks between December and March according to the
CDC, National Influenza Vaccination Week is the perfect time to remind
people there's still time to get vaccinated and protect themselves as
well as their family this flu season."
The CDC recommends that most healthy Americans, six months or older,
including pregnant women, get vaccinated. Since it takes about two weeks
from the date of your shot for your body to develop its full defense
against the flu, waiting until there is an outbreak may be too late.
Seasonal flu shots are available at Rite Aid locations across the
country. This year Rite Aid is offering three types of flu vaccines: a
quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against four strains
of the flu, the standard trivalent vaccine, and FLUAD, a trivalent
vaccine with adjuvant, an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune
response to vaccination, which is approved for people 65 and older.
Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B
and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To
locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of the nation's leading
drugstore chains fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
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Dr. Jennifer Caudle is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and
Associate Professor in the department of Family Medicine at Rowan
University-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a regular on-air
health expert for local and national news networks. She has appeared on
CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, FOX News, CBS Philly 3 News, The Tom Joyner
Morning Show, PBS and many others. Her health articles have been
published in The Daily Beast, CNN.com, DoctorOz.com, abcNEWS.com and she
has been quoted by USA Today, Huff Post, Reader's Digest, Good
Housekeeping, Prevention, Yahoo and many other media outlets. In
1999, Dr. Caudle earned the title of Miss Iowa and competed in the 1999
Miss America Pageant. Her website is: http://www.jennifercaudle.com/.
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