Retailers Take Bigger Plunge Into Flu Shot Trade

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 13, 2011 Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A vaccine around every corner.

With the cold and flu season just ahead, retail pharmacies continue to become a bigger player in the flu-shot business.

The more options the better, that's generally the position of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone six months old or older get stuck with a needle on an annual basis, to guard against influenza.

Right now, Apple Glen Wal-Mart is offering shots to walk-in customers.

Other retailers in town, like Kroger, are also advertising flu shots, undoubtedly a way to get more people in the door to buy a host of other products.

The local department of health has no beef with the wider distribution of flu vaccines; in fact, its position is just the opposite.

John Silcox/FW-AC Department of Health: " There may be a concern for some people about a privacy issue, preferring to have it done at a doctor's office or a clinic type environment, but if that's not a concern, then getting the flu shot wherever it's available and convenient is something we would certainly encourage."

Silcox says if you’re nervous about the legitimacy of a specific vaccine provider you are perfectly within your rights to ask the store manager for that provider’s credentials.

As some employers are cutting back flu shot programs to save money, pharmacies become an alternative for folks looking to get a low cost vaccine.

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