NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley received their seasonal flu vaccine this morning at a Duane Reade pharmacy (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) at 3225 Third Ave., Bronx, N.Y., demonstrating the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus. Duane Reade is part of the Walgreens family of companies.
"Every year, New Yorkers lose their lives to the flu, and a flu shot is the single most important protection against getting sick and spreading the flu to others," said Mayor Bloomberg. "I urge everyone to go to their doctor, local health clinic or pharmacy and get a flu shot as soon as they can."
Walgreens market vice president Jeff Koziel said, "A perfect example of preventive care is getting your annual flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones. And no one makes it easier to get immunized in New York City than Duane Reade and Walgreens. Flu shots are available at our pharmacies daily with no appointment necessary during all pharmacy hours. We appreciate Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Farley recognizing the important role of community pharmacists in health care."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of six months and recommends vaccination every season in order to be fully-protected against influenza.
Flu shots are covered under Medicare Part B as well as most insurance plans. All Duane Reade and Walgreens pharmacies also offer Fluzone HD, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and other qualified individuals.
The typical flu season coincides with the busiest travel period of the year, and last season that spelled trouble for more than 3 million U.S. vacationers whose trips were int
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