Kinney Drugs announces flu shot clinics, health education programs through late November

GOUVENEUR, N.Y. Kinney Drugs has announced that it is now offering in-store flu clinics, breast cancer educational programs, and diabetes education and screenings in all of its markets.

The clinics will be available at various store locations throughout the chain’s network of 87 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont. They will be available through Nov. 21. Exact locations, dates and times are available at www.kinneydrugs.com.

Both the flu and pneumonia vaccines will be free for people with Medicare Part B and many insurance programs are accepted. A registered nurse employed by Maxim Health Systems will administer the immunizations.

As part of the breast cancer education program, a panel of professionals will be on hand to answer questions and share educational information such as breast cancer prevention and the latest treatment options and technology.

In addition, patients who meet certain criteria can learn how they can obtain a free mammogram through programs sponsored by the New York and Vermont health departments. Mobile Mammography, which operates within a coach-type bus, will make scheduled stops at local Kinney Drugs stores to bring mammograms to underserved populations. Representatives from Susan G. Komen for the Cure will also be on hand at some locations.

During the month of November, the retailer is teaming up with local medical centers and hospitals to conduct diabetes screenings at select store locations. Patients will also have the opportunity to consult with a diabetic educator. They will be asked to fill out a risk assessment form and then consult with the certified dietician. They will be given their blood glucose level via finger stick blood test and information on diabetes awareness, prevention and better care.

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