BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sam’s Club announced today that the flu shots for the 2014-2015 flu season are now available to Sam’s Club members as well as the public at pharmacy locations nationwide.1 In an effort to encourage the public to get their seasonal flu shots, Sam’s Club is making vaccinations as affordable as possible by matching the price of any competitor with their low price promise.2 Accepting walk-ins and appointments, Sam’s Club will be offering the standard three strain trivalent flu shots, four strain quadrivalent flu shots, or high-dose flu shots specifically designed for seniors 65 years and older.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu). Recent studies show vaccines can reduce the risk of flu illness by about 60 percent among the overall population during flu season.3
Additionally, to help its small business members prepare for the flu season, Sam’s Club will also be providing in-office flu vaccinations to their employees, administered by a pharmacist, to help maintain a healthy and productive workforce. This service will be available in select locations.
“With the flu season approaching us, Sam’s Club wants to provide its communities with easy access and the most cost-efficient way to get vaccinated by offering its low price promise,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We hope through this offering and our pharmacists’ ability to provide patients with additional information on flu prevention we can help people take the right steps to stay healthy this flu season.”
Sam’s Club is also offering flu vaccinations and other vaccines for children eight years of age and above.4 For adults ages 18 and above, Sam’s Club offers nine other year-round immunizations, which include:
- Pneumonia (pneumococcal)
- Whooping cough (pertussis) tetanus and diphtheria (Tdap/Td)
- Shingles (herpes zoster)
- Chickenpox (varicella)
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Meningitis (meningococcal)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
In addition to these immunizations, Sam’s Club pharmacies provide savings and preventive care to each community it serves, such as monthly health screenings. Additionally, Sam’s Club Plus members and Sam’s Club Business members can save 40 percent on many generics and 8 percent on name brand prescriptions when not using prescription drug coverage. Further, through the Extra Value Drug List, Sam’s Club Plus members can save even more with 10-30 percent savings on select brand prescriptions and over 200 generics at $11.87.** Restrictions may apply.
Information about Sam’s Club health and wellness offerings can be found at SamsClub.com and in the Sam’s Club exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, which reaches approximately eight million members.
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1 Where permitted by state law.
2 Only available in clubs with a Pharmacy. Age restriction and availability may vary by club and are applicable to state law. Competitor includes weekly retailer prices for the same immunizations during September 1, 2014-January 31, 2015. Membership not required. Ask your pharmacist if a prescription is required.
3 Vaccine Effectiveness - How Well Does the Flu Vaccine Work? http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm. Accessed September 8, 2014.
4 Where permitted by state law.
** On cash purchases, Plus and Business Members save an additional 8% on name-brand prescriptions and 40% on generics not part of $4/$10 generic prescription program. Savings only for cash purchases based on the dispensing Sam’s Club Pharmacy’s cash price. Discounts not available for purchases covered by health insurance or a state/federal government health care program, on SamsClub.com, covered by Walmart’s Prescription Program or any Sam’s Club promotion. Restrictions apply. See your local Sam’s Club Pharmacy for details.