Kerr Drug starts flu vaccinations for 2011-2012 season

Raleigh, N.C.-based chain will perform vaccinations at most stores, North Carolina State Fair

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is kicking off its flu shot campaign this month, the regional chain said Friday.

Kerr pharmacists will administer vaccines for the 2011-2012 flu season at most of its stores in North Carolina. It also plans to offer vaccines at its booth during the 2011 North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, N.C., from Oct. 13 to 23.

"The protection from flu shots only lasts for one flu season, so people need to get a new shot this year even though the vaccine is similar to last year's," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said. "The good news is that people will only need to get one flu shot this year because the 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against the H1N1 flu, as well as seasonal flu."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older. According to the CDC, while 39.8% of adults received flu vaccinations in the doctor's office, 18.4% received them in pharmacies and supermarkets, an increase of more than 11% over the 2006-2007 season.

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