Giant Food to Offer H1N1 Vaccinations January 4

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Respiratory Disease News
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Free antibiotics program to continue

LANDOVER, Md., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Giant Food of Landover, Md. today announced it will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics at select pharmacies in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia starting January 4, 2010. Immunizations will cost $15 and be administered as long as quantities associated with this program are available. In addition, Giant announced the continuation of its no cost antibiotic program, in an effort to help customers care for their health in the most cost-effective way possible.

"As part of our commitment to doing all that we can to ensure the health and wellness of the community we serve, Giant is pleased to offer H1N1 vaccinations," said Jim Wonderly, vice president of pharmacy operations for Giant Food of Landover, Md. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that many people in the highest risk groups have been vaccinated against H1N1 and are now encouraging us all to protect ourselves against H1N1. It's easy for a customer to visit their local Giant and receive a vaccination from one of our pharmacists."

H1N1 vaccinations will be administered at select pharmacies starting Monday, January 4, and expand to more stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware in the weeks to follow. Immunizations will be provided by certified and trained Giant pharmacists and through Giant's partnership with Maxim Health Services and their trained health care professionals.

"Giant was pleased to offer affordable seasonal flu shots to our customers earlier this fall and now, we're glad to offer $15 H1N1 vaccinations to customers throughout the Washington metropolitan region," said Robin Michel, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. "We're committed to doing all that we can to help our customers stay healthy, which is why we are going to continue our free antibiotic program into the new year."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new distribution strategy for H1N1 vaccinations, considering many in the highest risk groups have received the vaccine. The CDC is now encouraging everyone to be vaccinated against H1N1 because flu season typically lasts through the spring. For more information about the 2009 H1N1 flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's website at www.cdc.gov. Customers interested in receiving the H1N1 vaccination at their local Giant can talk to their pharmacist, visit Giant's website at www.GiantFood.com, or obtain additional information by calling (888) 469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 180 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 180 stores are 163 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Netherlands-based Ahold. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

SOURCE Landover, MD - Giant Food LLC


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