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Longs Drug Announces Immunization Program for the 2008/2009 Flu Season

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Longs Drugs (NYSE: LDG) announced its flu immunization program at more than 400 stores in three Western states to help residents of those communities stay healthy and take preventative steps to combat the annual flu season. Longs is offering several convenient options this flu season to meet its customer's needs.

-- Select Longs Drugs pharmacies will provide vaccinations to anyone over the age of 4 by appointment or during flu clinics conducted by Longs Pharmacists. To learn more about the availability of vaccinations on an individual basis or a clinic at the Longs Drugs nearest you, go to or call 1-800-TO-LONGS. The dates and times of the flu shot clinics may change depending upon the availability of the flu vaccine. The web-site and call center will have the most up to date information about the clinics as well as the Longs Drugs locations offering FluMist and individual flu vaccinations throughout the flu season.

-- FluMist, a nasal mist flu vaccine, will also be available to eligible patients at select Longs Drugs by appointment, beginning in early October through the end of January while supplies last.

-- Longs Drugs will also be hosting clinics provided by Maxim Health Systems, beginning in October and running through the middle of November. The clinics will administer flu vaccines to adults 18 years of age and older as well as children between the ages of 9 and 18 with parental consent. Children not meeting these requirements should see their physicians for flu vaccines or attend one of the flu clinics conducted by Longs Pharmacists (see next point).

According to the Centers for Disease control (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each fall. In general, anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, the CDC recommends that certain people get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for others at high risk for serious complications.

High risk includes:

-- People who are 50 years and older. Regardless of their health


-- All children who are 6 months to 18 years of age

-- Other adults at risk for medical complications from influenza or more

likely to require medical care

-- All persons who live with or care for persons at high risk for

influenza-related complications

Flu viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming ill. This means that people can be contagious even before realizing they have the flu.

About Longs Drug Stores Corporation

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Longs Drug Stores Corporation (NYSE: LDG) is one of the most recognized retail drug store chains on the West Coast and in Hawaii. The Company operates more than 500 retail pharmacies and offers a wide assortment of merchandise focusing on health, wellness, beauty and convenience. Longs also provides pharmacy benefit management services and Medicare beneficiary prescription drug plans through its wholly-owned subsidiary, RxAmerica, LLC. Additional information about Longs and its services is available at and more information about RxAmerica is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements relate to, among other things, the Company's planned flu immunization program, including the timing and availability of vaccines, and are indicated by such words as "will," "expects," "estimates," "goals," "plans" or similar words. These statements are based on the Company's current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to vary materially from those contemplated by such statements. Risks and uncertainties relate to, among other things, CVS Caremark Corporation's proposed acquisition of the Company, changing market conditions in the overall and regional economy and in the retail industry, natural or manmade disasters, competition, maintaining satisfactory relationships with vendors, changes in applicable law or in the interpretation of applicable law by regulatory agencies or by legal, accounting or other professional advisors, or by the Company, and other factors described from time to time in the Company's news releases and in its annual, quarterly and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2008. Please refer to such filings for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this news release.

Contact: Mark L. Holz


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