press release

June 18, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
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Traveling Abroad? Make Giant Your First Health Destination!

In-Store Pharmacists Offer International Pre-Travel Consultations and Immunizations to Giant Customers

LANDOVER, Md. (June 18, 2014) – Travel-related illnesses can ruin a good trip; no matter where in the world you go. In an effort to keep customers healthy on their adventures and provide a full range of health services, Giant Food of Landover, Md. is now offering pre-travel consultations, immunizations, and advice at select Giant Food stores.

Giant Food Travel Health Clinics, staffed by specially-trained pharmacists, provide convenient, comprehensive pre-travel consultations. A pre-travel visit includes current and destination-specific recommendations for a $30 fee. Recommendations may include immunizations, prophylactic medications (such as anti-malaria drugs), and specific health advice to prevent and treat illness travelers may encounter. Giant Food Travel Health Clinics administer immunizations to help prevent Hepatitis, Yellow Fever, Measles, Meningitis, Polio, Typhoid and other diseases.

“We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality service to support our pharmacy customers’ busy lives, and that includes travel abroad plans,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “Whether it’s travel for business, service or study abroad, or leisure, our Travel Health Clinic pharmacists will work with each customer to provide specialized assistance and consultation customized to travel destinations.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that some diseases that are not common in the United States still exist in other countries—and even in airplanes and airports during layover travel. International travel continues to grow substantially and many travelers are unaware of the risks they face or how to minimize them. For this reason, a review of your family’s medical history is a crucial first step before traveling. Even if your family has all the recommended vaccines, “booster shots” are sometimes needed for vaccines that have become less effective over time. CDC recommends consulting with a travel medicine specialist, like those at Giant’s Travel Health Clinics, at least four to six weeks before departure. Contact a Giant Food Travel Health Clinic to help you prepare for a safe and healthy trip prior to your next excursion.

Travel Health Clinic locations include:

  • Alexandria
    7558 Telegraph Road
    Alexandria, VA 22315
  • Arlington
    3450 Washington Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22201
    290111 South Glebe Rd
    Arlington, VA 22206
  • Ashburn
    44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza
    Unit 160
    Ashburn, VA 20147
  • Charlottesville
    1900 Abbey Rd
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Centreville
    5616 Stone Rd
    Centreville, VA 20120
  • Fairfax
    10653 Braddock Rd
    Fairfax, VA 22032
    13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
    Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Fredericksburg
    550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway
    Fredericksburg, VA 22406
    1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Haymarket
    5581 Merchants View Square
    Haymarket, VA 20169
  • Lorton
    8941 Ox Rd
    Lorton, VA 22079
  • Manassas
    10100 Dumfries Rd
    Manassas, VA 20110
  • McLean
    1454 Chain Bridge Rd
    McLean, VA 22101
  • Stafford
    317 Worth Ave
    Stafford, VA 22554
  • Spotsylvania
    10346 Courthouse Rd
    Spotsylvania, VA 22553
  • Washington D.C.
    1400 7th St NW
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Woodbridge
    4309 Dale Blvd
    Dale City, VA 22193

For more information, please visit: http://www.giantfood.com/live-well/pharmacy/

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com/