Flu shots and more at Food City

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Food City Pharmacy locations are once again providing the flu vaccine.

“Food City’s immunizing pharmacists are certified to administer vaccinations in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Pharmacists Association and the corresponding state pharmacy associations,” says Mickey Blazer, Food City executive vice president of pharmacy operations.

Vaccinations are available on a walk-up basis at Food City immunizing pharmacies and will continue throughout flu season, based upon vaccine availability. Visit foodcity.com for a complete list of immunizing locations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends vaccination for individuals considered high risk: Persons 65 or older, residents of long-term care facilities, persons 2-64 years of age with comorbid (more than one) conditions and pregnant women. The CDC also recommends the flu shot for healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care and household contacts or caregivers of children under 6 months of age. Food City pharmacists can immunize individuals 12 years and older.

Flu vaccines are available in Quadrivalent or Quadrivalent High Dose. Insurance, including Medicare Part B will be accepted, many with a zero copay. Other vaccines, including Covid, RSV, pneumonia and shingles shots, will be available as well. Please consult your local Food City Pharmacy or visit foodcity.com for details.

Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

Miss Food City pageant: The pageant to select the 2024 Miss Food City will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at The McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. The one chosen will represent the company at store grand openings and other special events, including the Food City 300 and Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Company president/CEO Steven C. Smith thanked Alexis Ramsey of Oakwood, Virginia, for her work during 2023. “She has been an excellent spokesperson for our company.”

Final Pep Rally: The pre-game Friday pep rallies to support the football Vols have been special this year. And just one remains. That’s on Friday, Oct. 13, in south Knox County at 7608 Mountain Grove Drive. The Vols host Texas A&M on Oct. 14. Come meet cheerleaders; Smokey, both dog and mascot; vendors with samples; and register to win tickets to the game.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.


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