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Kroger pharmacies, The Little Clinic now offering flu shots

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Kroger has announced that it is offering $25 flu shots at more than 1,900 Kroger pharmacy locations nationwide and at The Little Clinic locations inside select stores.

Flu shots are available for ages 2 years and older and high-dose flu shots are available for patients ages 65 years and older.

Certified pharmacists, The Little Clinic nurse practitioners or physician assistants administer all flu shots. Kroger pharmacies accept most insurance plans including Medicare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for all people ages 6 months and older. The 2012 seasonal flu vaccine has been developed to protect against three flu strains: H1N1 and two new strains, H3N2 and a B strain. 

Because human immune defenses become weaker with age, older adults are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu. This year, the Fluzone High-Dose flu shot is available as an option for those ages 65 years and older. The higher dose of antigen in the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is intended to give older adults a better immune response after vaccination.

Kroger also is available to provide on-site flu clinics for workplaces and businesses.


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Family Dollar declares quarterly dividend

BY DSN STAFF

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of 21 cents per share.

The dividend is payable Oct. 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 14.

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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, CVS/pharmacy provide support for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. —The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy have announced a donation of more than $20,000 in support of communities that have been affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief and recovery efforts. CVS/pharmacy also is providing nearly 1,000 first aid kits and nearly $5,000 in additional financial support to Red Cross shelters across Louisiana and Mississippi.

Almost all CVS/pharmacy stores in Louisiana and Mississippi now are open. Only six stores currently are closed and they will reopen as soon as safely possible, the retailer stated.

"Hurricane Isaac has impacted many of the communities we serve in Louisiana and Mississippi," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark.  "We are committed to supporting relief efforts in these communities and we hope our customers and colleagues in affected areas can safely return home soon."

The company also is supporting its employees who have been affected by the hurricane through the CVS Caremark Employee Relief Fund.  Launched in 2011, the Employee Relief Fund provides short-term, immediate financial relief to employees who’ve suffered significant hardship as a result of a natural disaster, family death, medical emergency or other unforeseen events.

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