Friday, 5 October 2012 10:35 AM
Asda are offering the winter flu jab for just £7 in their pharmacies, it was announced today.
The supermarket chain has stocked up on 90,000 flu vaccinations this year to meet the expected demand and is offering the jab to its customers for just £7 – up to 40 per cent cheaper than its competitors.
Flu is a highly contagious virus that can affect anyone. People who are 65 years old and over, pregnant women and people with existing illnesses such as chronic respiratory disease and heart disease are most at risk, but these high-risk groups can receive the flu vaccination free of charge from their GP.
Despite this, national figures show that only 70 per cent of over 65 year olds, 45.5 per cent of under 65s and 40 per cent of pregnant women in at risk groups have been vaccinated
As of this week, customers can receive their injection my simply visiting any of the supermarket’s 234 pharmacies nationwide.
A spokesperson for the brand said that the vaccine uses the latest formulations as dictated by the World Health Organisation, ensuring that it covers the most prevalent strains of flu this year. Pharmacists administering the jab have all been fully trained to carry out the procedure and it can all be done in less than 10 minutes.
The initiative has proved to be a huge success as Faisal Tuddy, deputy superintendent pharmacist at Asda, explained:
“Last year we vaccinated 65,000 customers so we are stocking up in advance to ensure we can meet the demands over the winter season. Flu strains change so it’s important to get vaccinated every year; an increasing number of customers are turning to us for the jab each year, so we know we’re offering an important service at the best value possible.”
In Boots pharmacies, the flu jab costs £12.99, so Asda customers are making a saving of 40 per cent.
To find your nearest Asda Pharmacy, visit the store locator at Storelocator.asda.com.
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