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Safeway Offers High-Dose Flu Vaccine Made Especially for Seniors

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Safeway Offers High-Dose Flu Vaccine Made Especially for Seniors12:00 EDT Tuesday, September 14, 2010 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) announced today that all Safeway pharmacies in the United States can now administer a new high-dose flu vaccine called Fluzone High-Dose which has been approved by the FDA for use in people 65 years of age and older. Adults above the age of 65 comprise 15 percent of the US population, but account for 65 percent of flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of flu-related deaths. Fluzone High Dose contains the same components as regular strength flu vaccine but provides a superior immune response in people 65 years of age and older. Safeway pharmacies make it easy for everyone to protect themselves by offering flu vaccines on a “walk-in” basis at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Randalls and Tom Thumb pharmacies while supplies last. Stores that do not have a pharmacy will offer scheduled flu vaccine clinics. Since flu viruses are always changing, flu vaccines are updated each year, making it important for individuals to be vaccinated on an annual basis. This year's flu shot will protect against the H1N1 virus and two other influenza viruses. People that received the H1N1 flu vaccine during the last flu season will still need to get the seasonal flu vaccine this year. Information about stores offering the flu vaccine can be found at or by contacting a Safeway pharmacy. Medicare Part B participants will receive the flu shots at no charge. ABOUT SAFEWAY Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,712 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.