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New York City Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Receive Flu Shot at Duane Reade Pharmacy, Highlight Importance of Flu Preparedness
Date:10/25/2012

a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle.

New this season, Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies are also offering a free comprehensive immunization assessment1 with every flu shot. The assessment can help patients determine which other immunizations they may need based upon current CDC recommendations.

A recent Walgreens study2 found that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults surveyed were unaware of the latest government-recommended vaccinations for their age and health condition. More than half of those surveyed, 53 percent, also said they are not diligent about regular check-ups with their primary care physician.

New Vaccine for This Flu Season

Each year, seasonal flu vaccine is produced to protect against the three viruses or flu strains that research indicates will be most prevalent. There is a new vaccine for this season, as the 2012-13 vaccine includes H1N1, as well as H3N2 and a B virus which are different from those recommended for the Northern Hemisphere last season.

As community pharmacy and retail clinics have played an integral role in providing more convenient access to flu shots and other immunizations in recent years, Walgreens data from the 2010-2011 flu season shows that nearly one-third (32 percent) of the more than 6.3 million people who received flu shots, as well as those for pneumonia, shingles and meningitis at Walgreens and Take Care Clinics, had them administered during off-hours, including evening, holiday or weekend.

About Duane Reade
Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in New York City. In keeping with the company's brand vision of New York Living Made Easy, Duane Reade provides New Yorkers with prescriptions, health products and services, beauty products and services, food and convenience items for daily life in the City...everything for "How I Feel", "How I Look", and "What I Need Now". The company oper
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