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Walgreens makes flu shots available for 2013-2014 season

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that this year’s flu shots are now available at all Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York. 

“Last season demonstrated why it’s important to protect yourself early, as the influenza virus is always unpredictable in when, where and how widely it may spread,” stated Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “During a very active flu season, our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners, who are trained to provide immunizations, delivered more than 7 million flu shots to our customers. This season, by offering flu shots when it’s most convenient for our customers, we’ll again play an integral role in helping more people get, stay and live well.”

All Walgreens points of care this season offer a standard seasonal flu vaccine, as well as FluMist, a needle-free nasal alternative; Fluzone HD, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65; Fluarix, a quadrivalent (protects against four strains of influenza) vaccine; and Flucelvax, a cell-based vaccine which is expected to be available in late September.

Walgreens’ flu shots are available daily during all pharmacy and clinic hours, including nights, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays, with no appointment necessary. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older. Flu shots are covered for eligible patients under Medicare Part B as well as most insurance plans. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

According to the CDC, the 2012-13 flu season resulted in more adult hospitalizations than most flu seasons. Older adults were among those more significantly impacted, as those aged 65 and older accounted for more than half of all reported flu-related hospitalizations last season — the highest percentage reported since the CDC began collecting data on hospitalizations from flu in 2005-06.


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Pfizer introduces a new faster-dissolving Advil tablet

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday introduced Advil Film Coated tablets featuring a new, fast-dissolving technology, along with a specially formulated ultra-thin coating, that speeds the ibuprofen mode of action. According to the company, the new tablet provides the speed and power of a liquid filled capsule in the more popular tablet form.

“Tough pain intensifies if not treated quickly,” stated Brian Groves, U.S. chief marketing officer at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “Our new, fast-acting Advil tablets are designed to stop pain in its tracks, before it gets worse and interferes with the busy lives of our more than 100 million Advil consumers.”

For more than 25 years, millions of people have trusted Advil for relief of their aches and pains, the company stated. Advil contains the powerful molecule ibuprofen, which is more effective and longer lasting on tough pain than Extra Strength Tylenol, according to the company.

The new Advil SKU is available in both tablet and caplet forms and is sold in 20-, 40- and 80-count bottles.


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Dollar General recognizes Kentucky teacher through its Every Day Heroes program

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General’s Every Day Heroes program recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds, and this September, Dollar General, in partnership with Procter & Gamble, will celebrate and honor the nation’s schools and teachers, the discount retailer announced. 

Through their “Success Starts Here” national marketing campaign, including an advertorial in Better Homes & Gardens, the program on Monday recognized Boone County High School in Florence, Ky. and one of its teachers, Kimberly Shearer.

Shearer is a wife and mother, as well as an English teacher at Boone County High School. Her recognition as the Kentucky Teacher of the Year in 2012 is due in part to her strong advocacy of 21st century literacy skills and strengths in teaching students how to evaluate information, collaborate, master technology and to become life-long readers.

In honor of Kimberly Shearer, Dollar General is making a $10,000 donation to Boone County High School to help meet the needs of its diverse student body.

“Kimberly exemplifies the role model teacher by working early mornings and late evenings to ensure her students receive the education she knows they deserve,” stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s EVP and chief merchandising officer. “She embodies the Dollar General Every Day Hero through her dedication to her students by preparing them for the future and her students will undoubtedly benefit from her passion for teaching today’s youths.”


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