BEL AIR, MD — Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those who can receive a flu vaccine do so. The CDC suggests individuals receive their flu vaccination in September or October.
Seasonal flu shots will be available at Giant Food's in-store pharmacies this year for both adults and children. The vaccinations will be administered by Giant's certified in-store pharmacists, require no appointment and are often covered in full by most insurance plans. Standard flu shots as well as the high dose flu vaccine for customers age 64 and older are available.
"COVID-19 has presented challenges that we have not encountered before, and medical professionals around the world advise that getting the annual your flu shot is of vital importance to your health and wellness during this global pandemic," Paul Zvaleny, Giant's director of pharmacy operations, said in a statement. "Giant welcomes everyone to come speak to one of our specially trained, dedicated pharmacists about flu shots and other adult immunizations, because it is never too early to take preventative measures to stay healthy, and we are happy to offer the flu shot as well as tetanus, pneumonia, shingles and many more vaccinations."
According to the CDC, this season's flu vaccines were updated in an attempt to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.
Giant Food stores are located here in Bel Air:
1401 Rock Spring Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
3299 Emmorton Rd, Bel Air, MD
There will also be a drive-thru flu clinic Sept. 29 at the Forest Hill VEIP station.
By Kristin Danley-Greiner and Elizabeth Janney.