Kmart Pharmacy kicks off flu prevention program

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy's more than 900 walk-in flu clinics will be open through Nov. 15 for customers looking to purchase a seasonal flu vaccination.

Kmart customers can receive their flu shots for $25, while supplies last, from a trained practitioner, Kmart said. Additionally, the seasonal flu shots are free for Medicare Part B members. This year's vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses -- an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus. Furthermore, Kmart Pharmacy will offer the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine for patients ages 65 years and older for $45.

"Following a 2009 flu season that saw significant outbreaks, including the H1N1 virus, Kmart Pharmacy is encouraging customers to get their vaccinations early in the season, especially since there is an incubation period before becoming fully effective," said Robb Ayshford, divisional VP pharmacy administration for Kmart. "The Kmart Pharmacy walk-in flu clinics are family friendly, have knowledgeable on-site pharmacists that can answer flu- and health-related questions, and carry a range of supplies to help customers stay healthy during the winter season."

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