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Target bills itself as 'prevention HQ' for flu season
August 26th, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS – Discounter Target Corp. said it aims to promote its customers' health and wellness during the upcoming cold and flu season by serving as their "prevention and treatment headquarters."
The retailer said Thursday that starting on Sept. 1, the flu vaccine will be available at more than 1,600 Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic locations nationwide.
Target is offering the seasonal flu shot for $24. The company added that Target Clinic locations also will offer the flu vaccine nasal spray for $36.
"Prevention is a top health care priority at Target, and we're committed to helping guests stay healthy throughout the year. This cold and flu season Target will be the complete prevention destination," Keri Jones, senior vice president of merchandising for Target, said in a statement. "Our guests can feel confident that they will save time and money by visiting Target for flu shots, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and sound advice from health care professionals they can trust."
All flu immunizations will be administered by Target pharmacists and Target Clinic providers and be available during regular pharmacy and clinic hours, including weekday evenings and weekends. No appointment is needed.
The discount store chain also is providing additional information on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season on its web site at Target.com/flu. The flu site also includes a link to the Google Flu Shot Finder.
Health and wellness is one of the themes reflected in a new Target store format that features a a large fresh food and grocery area adjacent to a more prominent pharmacy — which is near an entrance — and expanded health and beauty aids area.
Overall, Target operates 1,743 stores in 49 states nationwide.