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Target offering flu shots at pharmacy, clinic locations

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced that 1,650 of its pharmacy locations, in addition to its clinics, are offering flu shots with no appointment necessary, effective Aug. 15.

Target pharmacists and clinicians at Target Clinic will administer flu shots during regular pharmacy and clinic hours — including evenings and weekends — for $25. This year’s vaccine protects against seasonal flu, H1N1 and H3N2, another virus subtype that causes the flu, the company said.

“Prevention is key to staying healthy during cold and flu season, and Target is dedicated to providing products, services and expert advice to help our guests stay well year-round,” Target SVP health and beauty José Barra said. “Getting vaccinated is an effective way to prevent the flu, so our goal is to make it easy and convenient for people to get their flu shot—while saving them money in the process.”

For more information, visit Target.com/flu.

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MinuteClinic helps families prep for BTS season with vaccines, sports physicals

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To help families prepare for the back-to-school season, MinuteClinic said that it is offering adolescent vaccinations and sports physicals seven days a week, with no appointment necessary.

MinuteClinic said it is offering several vaccines, including:

  • Pertussis (whooping cough), which is now required in California for all students entering 7th through 12th grade;

  • Meningitis, which is required for both secondary school and college in many states; and

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Although immunizations often are covered by insurance, MinuteClinic advises patients to check with their insurance company prior to visiting the retail clinic to verify coverage of the specific vaccination, as well as any co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles.

"It’s important to check," MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer Paulette Thabault said. "You might assume that your child is up-to-date with their shots, but immunization laws change and can vary among states and age levels. Vaccinations or boosters are often required before middle school, high school or college. Our practitioners have the information you need and make it easy for parents to stay on top of immunization schedules."

Additionally, the retail clinic provider also is offering sports and college physicals, which are not covered by insurance, for $39 through Sept. 30. During the visit, MinuteClinic practitioners will:

  • Review medical history and check to see if immunizations are up to date;

  • Check vital signs and reflexes;

  • Provide and an overall assessment of physical condition to make sure the child is not at risk for illness or injury; and

  • Offer educational tips about the importance of stretching, hydrating and avoiding overexertion.

Physicals are offered to college students who need them as part of pre-admission requirements, MinuteClinic noted.

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Winn-Dixie brings ‘transformational’ format to North Florida

BY Allison Cerra

ST. JOHNS, Fla. — Just one week after opening a remodeled store in Apopka, Fla., Winn-Dixie has opened another reformatted store in St. Johns, making it the company’s first overhauled location in the North Florida area.

The renovated Winn-Dixie features an expanded grocery department, as well as a deli serving restaurant-quality entrees and side dishes, the retailer said.

The “transformational” remodeled Winn-Dixie store is the first in North Florida and fifth overall, Winn-Dixie noted, adding that the company plans to open 17 stores with similar formats in the coming year. Each store will cost about $5.5 million.

“This store exemplifies our commitment to the fast-growing northwest St. Johns County area and serves as a one-stop grocery destination catering to the needs, tastes and preferences of the surrounding community,” Winn-Dixie regional VP Dan Lafever said. “We are excited to deliver on our promise of providing our guests with a fresh, new shopping experience that is fun and imaginative.”

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