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Florida Walgreens stores get more flu vaccines
January 28th, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Increased incidence of flu has led Walgreen Co. to again ramp up flu vaccine shipments to stores in certain states.
Walgreens said Tuesday that its pharmacies across Florida will receive additional shipments of flu vaccinations to help meet consumer demand for immunizations.
Flu shots are available daily at nearly all of the more than 850 Walgreens drug stores and 57 Healthcare Clinics statewide. In Florida, nurse practitioners at Healthcare Clinics can administer flu shots to people age 2 and older, and pharmacists can give flu immunizations to those ages 18 and older.
According to Walgreens, the Florida Department of Public Health has reported an uptick in flu activity, which has now become widespread across the state. The drug chain added that some Walgreens locations that may have experienced a temporary shortage in vaccine supply are again offering flu shots on a daily basis.
In mid-January, Walgreens had stepped up shipments of flu vaccines to its 633 stores in California and its 630 stores in Texas after the public health departments in both states reported widespread flu activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its latest flu activity update, said 41 states reported flu as widespread as of the week ended Jan. 18.