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United Supermarkets serves up discounted flu shots
December 3rd, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas – Food and drug retailer United Supermarkets this weekend plans to begin offering discounted flu shots in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week.
The company said Thursday it will offer the $20 flu vaccine special at all 43 of its United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos pharmacies during the observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 5 to 11.
"We are reducing the cost of our influenza vaccine during this time in an effort to vaccinate more of our guests and help promote a healthy, flu-free holiday season," Tim Purser, business director of pharmacy for United Supermarkets, said in a statement.
National Influenza Vaccination Week was established to highlight the importance of getting a flu immunization, as well as to foster greater distribution of the flu vaccine during the holiday season and into January, when the flu season typically starts to pick up.
During National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated the following special days: Monday, Dec. 6, as Family Vaccination Day; Tuesday, Dec. 7, as Chronic Conditions Day; Wednesday, Dec. 8, as Employee Health Day; Thursday, Dec. 9, as Older Adults Vaccination Day; and Friday, Dec. 10, as Young Adults Vaccination Day.
United Supermarkets noted that each year there are about 36,000 flu-related deaths nationwide, and more than 90% of those are people age 65 and older. Medicare pays for the seasonal flu vaccine and its administration for all beneficiaries with no co-pay or deductible, and all United pharmacies will file Medicare claims on behalf of Medicare Part B-eligible guests.
"An annual flu shot is the first, and best, step toward prevention of the flu," Purser commented.
Overall, United Supermarkets operates 50 stores in 30 markets across north and west Texas.