STILL TIME TO FIGHT THE FLU

Honolulu, Hawaii –Times Pharmacy wants to remind the public that there is still time to get vaccinated against the flu.

 “We’re right in the middle of the peak of flu season,” said Dr. Norman Estin, from Doctors On Call Maui. “Here in Maui our clinics we’ve been testing 15% positive for Influenza A and we strongly suggest that people go to their nearest pharmacy or medical provider to get the shot if they haven’t already done so.”

Flu is most commonly contracted during the colder months because people spend more time in doors. With the recent spike in flu cases on the mainland, locals should be on high alert as historically this indicates that more cases will pop up in Hawaii in the coming weeks.

“Last year we vaccinated around 10,000 people for the flu,” said Patrick Uyemoto, Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Times Supermarket RX. “So far this year we’re only at 8,500. That means a lot of people are vulnerable, particularly children and the elderly. It’s easy to come in and receive your vaccination, and it will help to keep you healthy as we see more cases statewide.”

Getting a flu shot is convenient and does not require a prescription from your doctor. All Times Pharmacy locations can administer the vaccination and no appointment is necessary.

About Times Supermarkets

Times Supermarkets has been one of Hawaii’s favorite supermarkets for over 75 years. What started off as a dream shared by two Okinawan immigrants working on Hawaii’s sugar plantations has grown to include 24 supermarkets spanning 17 Times locations, 5 Big Save Markets, Shima’s Supermarket, and fine wine and specialty food shop, Fujioka’s Wine Times. To learn more visit http://timespharmacy.com/

Times Pharmacy Offering HEP A Booster Shot Clinics

Times Pharmacy wants to remind the public that if they received a Hepatitis A vaccination during the recent outbreak they’ll need to get their second booster shot to complete the vaccination series. A minimum of six months between shots is required for the vaccine to offer full/complete protection.

 “People who took the first shot can take the second shot between 6-12 months after the initial shot,” said Patrick Uyemoto, Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Times Supermarket RX, “but it’s highly recommended that patients receive the booster shot as close to the six-month mark as possible to increase the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Times Pharmacy suggests that customers check the date when they received their first shot and plan to get the second shot 6 months from that date. “If the patient is returning to the same pharmacy or doctor’s office where they received their first shot, they simply need to check the date when they received their first shot and schedule their follow-up appointment six months from that date,” said Mr. Uyemoto.

It’s perfectly fine for patients to get their follow-up shot at a different location than the one at which they received their first shot. However, patients who wish to get their second shot at a different location are required to bring proof of the date of the first shot to meet manufacture guidelines and CDC regulations.

“We vaccinated over 8,000 people for Hepatitis A since August, so to provide the best possible care for the community we’re going to hold vaccination clinics at Times Pharmacies island wide starting in February,” said Uyemoto.

Vaccination Clinics*

  • 2/4 - Aiea & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
  • 2/11 - Aiea, Waimalu & Kahala - 8am-5pm
  • 2/12 - Kailua & Royal Kunia  - 8am-5pm
  • 2/18 - Aiea, Waimalu, Waipahu - 8am-5pm
  • 2/19 - Kahala & Kaneohe 8am-5pm
  • 2/25 - Aiea, Liliha & Royal Kunia - 8am-5pm
  • 2/26 - Kailua, Koolau & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
  • 3/4 - McCully, Beretania, Honokowai & Kam Shopping Center - 8am-5pm
  • 3/5 - Aiea, Kahala, Kaneohe - 8am-5pm
  • 3/11 - Koolau, Liliha & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
  • 3/12 - Kailua & Royal Kunia - 8am-5pm
  • 3/18 - Aiea & Kahala - 8am-5pm
  • 3/19 - Waimalu & Waipahu - 8am-5pm
  • 3/25 - Kam Shopping Center, Kailua & Royal Kunia - 8am-5pm
  • 3/26 - Aiea & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
  • 4/1 - Kahala, Royal Kunia & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
  • 4/2 - Aiea & Waipahu - 8am-5pm

*Subject To Change.  

Times Pharmacy Sponsors Medication Take-Back Event

Times Pharmacy is hosting a medication take-back event on Saturday December 10, 2016, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Oahu at the Pohai Nani Senior Living Community, located at 45-090 Namoku Street in Kaneohe. As a free service to the community, Times Pharmacy is working with the Good Samaritan Society Pohai Nani  and the Department of Public Safety State Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) to accept unused or expired prescription drugs. Such medications are the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the home.

Times Pharmacy encourages people to protect themselves, their families, and the environment by bringing unwanted or expired medications – including prescription and over-the-counter drugs – to Pohai Nani where they will be collected by NED to be disposed of. “We’re very pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to the community,” said Patrick Uyemoto, Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Times Supermarket RX, “and help reduce the risk these potentially harmful medications can pose.”

Pohai Nani can accept both unwanted and expired prescription and non-prescription medications, however, they cannot take needles, syringes, or aerosol medications. People are encouraged to remove any personal information from prescription labels. All drop-offs will be kept strictly confidential and no questions will be asked. “We’d like to thank our partners and everybody who participates for doing their part to help keep our community safe,” concluded Patricia Camero, Executive Director from Pohai Nani.

Date: December 10, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Place: Pohai Nani Senior Living Community 45-090 Namoku St Kaneohe, HI 9674

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Hepatitis A Clinics @ Workplace

In the effort to ease demand, TIMES Pharmacy is teaming up with local businesses to hold on-site vaccination clinics.
— HawaiiNewsNow.com

To schedule a vaccination clinic @ your workplace,
email: PatrickU@times-supermarket.com
(808) 832-8262

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Medela Breast Pumps Now Available at TIMES Pharmacy

I love that this pump only weighs one pound and that I can bring it to work or in the car without worrying about finding a place to plug it in.
— Mom's Pick Award 2016

Why Medela pumps? "Medela is the only company to provide proven, research-based pump technology that mimics a baby's natural nursing pattern." Learn more: www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/why-medela

Diabetes Kids Day Camps

Kicking off our 2016 Diabetes Kids Day Camps series with Kendall Simmons, NFL Superbowl Champion. Mahalo to Times Supermarkets and TIMES Pharmacy!

Interested in joining us for the upcoming Diabetes Kids Day Camps? 
Please contact American Diabetes Association Youth & Family Link for more info:
American Diabetes Association - Hawaii
808-947-5979 ext. 7044
LDuenas@diabetes.org / LJ Duenas
EVentulaHonda@diabetes.org / Ellie Ventula-Honda