Tops launches 2021 flu shot campaign

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WILLIAMSVILLE — Now more than ever, the importance of getting an annual flu shot to prevent the spread of this highly communicable illness is vital and now people can get their flu shot for a $0 copay or a nominal fee at a local Tops Friendly Markets.

Tops officials said its pharmacists’ number one priority is the health of the community. Tops safety protocols remain in place so patrons find that when they come for their flu shot, Tops pharmacists and pharmacy staff will be wearing a mask, gloves, and additional cleaning procedures are in place.

Customers will be asked to have their temperature checked, and health screening questions will be asked in addition to Tops’s standard vaccine form to ensure that patrons are able to receive the vaccination.

Tops officials said they are also happy to arrange flu clinics at a place of business. By providing flu vaccinations to employers, not only are the decreasing healthcare costs, but also absenteeism. Employees will appreciate the convenience, but also the fact that they are reducing their risk of having to visit the doctor during flu season by 40 to 60%.

To learn more or to sign up for your on-site company flu shot clinic, contact Jamie Keller, clinical pharmacy specialist for Tops at jkeller@topsmarkets.com

Getting a flu shot reduces the risk of getting the flu, keeps people out of the doctor’s office or hospital, and helps conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources.

Some commonly asked questions surrounding flu shots include who qualifies for the shot or will it cure COVID-19. While the flu shot WILL not prevent COVID, a healthy body has an easier time fighting off a COVID-19 infection.

According to the CDC, different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. There are flu shots approved for use in children as young as 6 months old and flu shots approved for use in adults 65 years and older. Tops is administering to those 12 years of age and older. Flu shots also are recommended and approved for use in pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Tops offers vaccinations at any Tops location that has a pharmacy Flu shots are available during normal pharmacy hours It’s important to get your flu shot in September or October each year with a $0 copay for most insured patients, $39.99 for uninsured with Tops Bonus Plus Card.

On the net: topsmarkets.com

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