Thursday, November 3, 2011
With flu season underway, Kmart is providing seasonal flu vaccinations in its walk-in flu clinics for the price of $24.99, while supplies last. Vaccinations are now available at any of the more than 900 Kmart Pharmacies nationwide, on a walk-in basis at most locations. Additionally, members of Kmart Pharmacy’s Prescription Savings Club will pay just $20 for the flu shot. Kmart Pharmacy also offers the high-dose flu shot (indicated for patients 65 years and older). Many prescription insurance programs cover flu shots, including Medicare Part B and D.
According to the CDC, flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but the flu itself is unpredictable. Flu vaccines change yearly to protect against the 3 viruses that research suggests will be most common during flu season; additionally, the CDC reports that all patients need an annual vaccination for optimal protection, as an individual's immune protection from vaccination declines over time.
"Kmart Pharmacy is aligned with the CDC's position on preventive care, and we are well positioned to deliver the services that promote the health and wellness of patients in the communities we serve," said Ghassan Hourani, vice president and general merchandise manager of Kmart Pharmacy. "At Kmart Pharmacy, our pharmacists will take the time to discuss with our patients the importance of being vaccinated as well as practicing good health habits."
Although all patients can benefit from a flu shot, it is especially important that those at higher risk for developing complications from the flu—including young children, pregnant women and older adults—get vaccinated. In 2012, Kmart Pharmacy will have available at each location nationwide an immunizing pharmacist who is certified by the American Pharmacists Association and authorized by the applicable State Board of Pharmacy to administer vaccines to patients aged 3 years and older where permitted by law.
The flu virus is most commonly transferred through sneezing or coughing, but a person can also become infected by coming into contact with a surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching his or her mouth or nose. Kmart pharmacists can provide guidelines for patients on how best to avoid illness during the cold and flu season, in addition to ensuring the most up-to-date flu vaccination.
Kmart pharmacists are available to answer any questions patients may have about the flu vaccine. For more information on vaccinations or Kmart Pharmacy's Prescription Savings Club, or to find a Kmart Pharmacy near you, call 1-800-822-8345 or visit www.Kmart.com/pharmacy