PHARMACY

RediClinic announces availability of flu vaccines

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON RediClinic on Wednesday announced that flu vaccinations for the 2007-2008 flu season are now available at all of its in-store clinics.

RediClinic is offering the vaccination for either $25 or free when other select RediClinic “Stay Well” health services are purchased.

RediClinic “Stay Well” health packages are geared to help consumers and their family members of all ages stay healthy throughout the cold and flu season. The select packages, which are all priced at $69 and include the flu vaccination for free ($25 savings), are:

  • Pneumonia vaccination—the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends this vaccination for anyone over the age of 65 or anyone over age 2 with long-term chronic health issues
  • Tdap vaccination (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis/whooping cough)—the CDC recommends this vaccination for everyone who has not had a tetanus or diptheria shot, or a Tdap booster, in the past two years
  • “7 Vital Tests for Health”—includes cholesterol screening, glucose screening, kidney and liver function tests, thyroid panel, complete blood count, blood pressure and body mass index

As an additional offer, RediClinic is including a free flu shot with a $69 physical exam.

In a report just released, the CDC reiterated a previous recommendation that everyone should be vaccinated, including school-aged children, in order to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting it to others. The CDC report also reemphasized the importance of administering two doses of flu vaccine to all children, ages six months to eight years, if they have not been vaccinated previously.

“The flu vaccine is the single most effective way to avoid getting the flu, and we are pleased to be able to provide our customers with a convenient and affordable way to get vaccinated,” stated Web Golinkin, president and chief executive officer of RediClinic. 

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