Publix to Offer Flu Vaccinations

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During the 2011-2012 season, Publix Pharmacies are offering flu immunizations—including traditional flu shots and a needle-free option—administered by trained Publix Pharmacists.

“Offering seasonal flu shots is an example of the premier service our customers expect from Publix,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Publix cares about its customers, and vaccinations also help lessen the spread of communicable diseases in our community.”

All Publix pharmacies offer the traditional flu shots for $30. Publix accepts cash, Medicare Part B, and many other third-party insurances as payment for flu shots. Restrictions apply for minors and vary based on state laws.

Selected pharmacies are offering the Fluzone High Dose, which is recommended for persons aged 65 and older. For customers who meet the requirements for High Dose, wish to receive that vaccine, and have Medicare coverage, it will be billed to Medicare. Those who do not have Medicare can receive the shot for $60.

In addition, some Publix pharmacies will offer new alternatives to the traditional flu shot for customers who want protection against the flu.

  • Publix will offer a needle-free flu vaccine in 52 pharmacies this year. This needle-free alternative, which uses air pressure to inject the vaccine into the muscle, costs the same as the regular intramuscular flu shot.
  • Publix will offer a new intradermal flu vaccine in an additional 50 stores. The intradermal flu vaccine is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. This option will be available to customers aged 18 to 64 years, and will cost $35 ($5 more than the regular intramuscular vaccine).

For more information, including dates and times of flu shot clinics, please visit www.publix.com/flu or call 1-877-FLU-8100.

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