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Supervalu bolsters flu prevention program
September 22nd, 2010
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Supervalu Inc. said it has "bulked up" its national flu prevention program this year by making specially trained immunizing pharmacists available at nearly all of its supermarket pharmacy locations.
The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that its more than 800 in-store pharmacies, which operate under 10 supermarket banners in 25 states, will be able to provide flu vaccinations daily on a walk-in basis. Also, stores without pharmacies — and some stores with pharmacies — will host walk-in flu shot clinics.
Supervalu pharmacists can administer the traditional flu vaccine, FluMist nasal spray and the new Fluzone High Dose vaccine for patients age 65 and older.
The flu immunization costs $26.99 for the traditional injection or the FluMist spray, while the Fluzone High Dose vaccine is priced at $59.99.
In addition, customers who receive a flu shot at Supervalu pharmacy locations will receive a coupon book worth $50 or more in savings and, while supplies last, a small sample bag containing items that contribute to a healthier cough, cold and flu season.
Supervalu noted that its increased preparedness for ths year's flu season in part reflects the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot, which the retailer said marks a change from prior years in which seasonal flu shots were generally recommended for higher-risk populations, such as seniors and people with chronic health conditions. Supervalu also pointed out that this year's vaccine includes protection against the seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses, which makes it easier to get immunized.
Supervalu pharmacies operate under the banners Acme Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Osco Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh Pharmacy, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, Shaw's Osco Pharmacy, Shop'n Save Pharmacy, Shop 'n Save Osco Pharmacy and Shoppers Pharmacy. The company's nearly 4,300 supermarkets include 1,160 food and drug combination stores.