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Safeway Makes Flu Shots a Convenient Part of Busy Fall Schedules; 10% Discount on Groceries is Added Bonus with Each Vaccine

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>New Survey Shows Convenience is a Key to Flu Prevention</i> </p>

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Safeway Makes Flu Shots a Convenient Part of Busy Fall Schedules; 10% Discount on Groceries is Added Bonus with Each Vaccine09:00 EDT Tuesday, September 06, 2011 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- To make health and wellness a more convenient part of busy fall schedules, Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) is offering flu shots in its grocery stores where people are already shopping for many household needs, including nutritious foods and other health-related items. Safeway pharmacists are administering flu vaccines in more than 1,100 Safeway, Vons/Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's and Tom Thumb/Randalls stores with pharmacies across the country. Dr. Risa Vatanka, Safeway pharmacist and immunization instructor (Photo: Business Wire) By offering walk-up flu shots, nasal mist and high-dose flu vaccines where people shop for groceries every week, Safeway makes it easy to avoid taking extra time to book appointments and make out-of-the-way trips for flu-prevention needs. For many, convenience is the key to flu prevention. In the Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey conducted by Kelton Research, 60 percent of Americans said they believe flu shots are effective at preventing the flu, yet only 51 percent plan to get the shot. A quarter of those surveyed said convenience and cost could keep them from getting the flu shot this year. Safeway makes getting a flu shot more convenient than most other retailers offering immunizations, because consumers visit grocery stores on a regular basis. In an average month, 49 percent of those surveyed said they visit grocery stores most often, compared to 8 percent who said they visit drugstores most often. Safeway flu shots are available during weekday and weekend hours when the majority of people do their grocery shopping. In addition to convenience, Safeway adds extra value to its flu shot proposition by helping shoppers avoid the cost and time to visit their doctor for a flu shot. Each Safeway flu shot comes with a 10 percent off coupon for groceries, which is especially helpful when shopping for fall and holiday gatherings. Safeway's flu shots will protect against three influenza strains: H1N1, H3N2 and a B strain. Most major insurance plans cover part or all of the Safeway flu shot cost. “Safeway is removing the barriers to health and wellness by offering flu shots in our Safeway Community Pharmacies in stores where people are already shopping most often, and where they have easy access to an abundance of nutritious foods and other items to keep their families healthy,” said Darren Singer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Safeway. “Safeway's flu shot program is just one example of our broader commitment to make wellness an easily attainable and convenient part of people's everyday lives.” Safeway's pharmacists are immunization specialists who have given more than five million shots over the past decade to shoppers during their routine trips to the grocery store. Safeway's immunization services include influenza, whooping cough, shingles, pneumococcal disease, meningitis, Hepatitis A/B and Human Papillomavirus. “As a pharmacist and a busy mom, I know that it's not always easy to put your health first. Sometimes, an ounce of prevention is difficult to achieve with full schedules of family activities and holiday events,” said Risa Vatanka, Pharm.D., pharmacist and immunization specialist at Safeway. “By offering flu shots in our pharmacies, Safeway can help people get more done in one trip to the grocery store.” Dr. Vatanka reminds her Safeway patients that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu shots are the first and most important step in protecting against the flu virus, other healthy living habits can help prevent illness this fall season, such as washing hands frequently and thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, taking vitamins and sleeping at least eight hours each night. For more information about healthy living and Safeway flu immunizations, visit 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 1,687 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $41.1 billion in 2010. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. About the Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey The Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between August 3-9, 2011, using an email invitation and an online survey which 1,000 people completed. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the entire U.S. population ages 18 and over. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: Fleishman-HillardTim Rathschmidt,