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Kerr begins selling flu vaccine

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Kerr Drug has started selling flu shots — joining other drug store chains who are attempting to get a jump on the season.

Drug store executives say they are expecting unprecedented demand and Kerr has trained an additional 115 pharmacists to immunize customers. The company has 18 stores in the Triangle.

Kerr is charging $30 for the seasonal flu shots. Be sure to bring your insurance card and primary care physician's information with you. You must be at least 18 to get the vaccine at Kerr.

Earlier this week, CVS and Walgreens began selling the flu shots as well. Rite Aid also is offering immunizations at its stores.

Note: The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1 also known as swine flu. That vaccine is expected to be available in mid to late October and also will be available at Kerr and other drug stores. According to a press release, Kerr expects to have 80,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the seasonal flu vaccine for children, the elderly, caregivers, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems or many other chronic health problems.

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Mary Cornatzer has worked at The News & Observer for more than 25 years, covering the local music industry, state movie industry and travel. She has been the paper's Business editor since 2000. Contact Mary at 919-829-4755 or e-mail her.