Kroger Pharmacies Now Offering Annual Flu Shots

Nation’s Largest Grocery Retailer Provides Vaccine for Individuals Both with and Without Insurance, No Appointment Needed.

Raleigh, NC, October 09, 2014 --( The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer with 14 stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina, has announced that all of its Triangle pharmacy locations are now offering flu shots. The vaccination is covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare, but individuals without insurance can obtain a shot for $28.

No appointments are necessary, and all shots are administered by certified pharmacists. North Carolina allows pharmacists to administer flu shots to eligible individuals 14 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for all individuals ages 6 months and older.

The Fluzone® High-Dose flu shot is also available at Kroger as well for those age 65 and older. This gives senior adults who are more susceptible to the flu a stronger immune response after vaccination, as it contains four times more antigen than the regular vaccine.

“It is important for all eligible individuals, particularly children and senior citizens are most susceptible to disease, to receive the flu vaccine this season,” said Chris Koon, pharmacy manager for the mid-Atlantic region of Kroger stores. “The vaccine not only protects you from becoming ill, but it also prevents the disease from transmitting to others. By getting a flu shot, you are helping yourself, your family and your community stay healthy.”

About Kroger:
Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, has 14 stores throughout the Triangle, including Apex (1), Cary (1), Garner (1), Fuquay-Varina (1), Raleigh (4) and Durham (6). Headquartered in Cincinnati, the company employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,439 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,046 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the United States. Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit
Erin Smith