CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 4, 2018--Now through Sept. 28, Rite Aid is sweetening the deal for annual flu shots by offering customers a coupon for one free scoop of Thrifty Ice Cream when they get their seasonal flu shot at one of the nearly 600 Rite Aid pharmacies in California.

Customers can redeem their coupon after being immunized against the flu at any California Rite Aid location that features a hand-dipped Thrifty Ice Cream counter.

“Thrifty Ice Cream is a beloved and iconic brand in the state of California, and we’re thrilled to be offering our customers a delicious treat when they make a convenient visit their local Rite Aid to get a seasonal flu shot through Sept. 28,” said David Abelman, executive vice president of marketing.

“Getting an annual flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself from getting the flu each year and also helps to contain the spread of flu at home, at work and in your community,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy. “We encourage those in the communities we serve to stay flu free by getting their annual flu shot from one of our certified immunizing pharmacists, who are available during regular pharmacy business hours with no appointment necessary.”

Seasonal flu shots are available at the more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies across the country. Patients can visit any Rite Aid pharmacy to receive a flu shot from one of Rite Aid’s more than 6,000 certified immunizing pharmacists, subject to state regulations.

Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination. In California, children ages 3 and older are able to get a flu immunization at a pharmacy.

While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

Shield Your Workforce Against the Flu

According to the CDC, each year, the flu costs the United States more than $87 billion and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays. To help employers and their workforce fight the flu, Rite Aid will again offer onsite workplace flu clinics staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com or call 1-855-882-5948.

Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists are also able to vaccinate patients against more than a dozen diseases based on the CDC's vaccine guidelines and state regulations. By visiting Rite Aid's Vaccine Central, at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral, customers can complete a free immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2018 annual revenues of $21.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.

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