March 20, 2008

Safeway Offers Vaccination to Prevent Shingles

Drugstore operator Safeway has announced that it is offering vaccination to prevent against shingles in over 700 pharmacies in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington administered by Safeway pharmacists.

Dave Fong, senior vice president of pharmacy at Safeway, said: "The only way to prevent against contracting this debilitating disease is to get a single shot. By administering vaccines on site, Safeway is making it easy for anyone to protect themselves. Receiving a shingles vaccination is as easy as stopping at the pharmacy during your regular shopping trip."

The company said that the vaccine will be provided on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies. Safeway said that it also offers full-service adult and adolescent immunization services for the prevention of such ailments as tetanus, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningococcal, etc.