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In a bid to make it easy and affordable for customers to get seasonal influenza immunizations early, The Kroger Co.’s 1,900 in-store pharmacies will once again offer flu vaccines for $25. Beginning in September, Kroger’s certified immunizing pharmacists will administer flu shots in tandem with the Cincinnati-based retailer’s pandemic planning and seasonal readiness activities with local, state and federal health authorities, including developing and preparing for distribution and administration of an H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine and a government stockpile of anti-viral medications.
“Our customers have saved more than $200 million through our $4 generic program,” said Lincoln Lutz, Kroger’s VP of pharmacy operations. “Our seasonal flu shot program is yet another way of helping our customers with easy, accessible and affordable health services -- particularly when they need it most. Customers rely on our team of expert pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, who provide professional counsel and service in a convenient, friendly environment.”
During the 2008-2009 flu season, Kroger pharmacies administered nearly 1 million flu vaccinations.
Kroger operates 2,475 supermarkets under two dozen local banner names, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC and City Market.