Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Host Largest Nationwide Flu Shot Event – One Day Only
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB offer customers and members convenient access to flu shots at more than 3,700 locations
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 7, 2005 – On Saturday, November 12, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will host the country’s largest one-day flu shot event. For one day only, the company, together with InterFit Health, will make flu vaccinations available at all Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUB locations – more than 3,750 sites nationwide. The vaccinations will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each location. No appointment is necessary, but participants are encouraged to come early, as supplies are limited.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall," said Art Alderson, Wal-Mart’s vice president of pharmacy. "Taking care of our customers and members is a priority. Providing convenient, affordable access to flu shots is another way we can take care of our customers and members," said Alderson.
Offering the vaccinations is part of a nationwide Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB flu education and vaccination effort designed to help customers and members protect their health throughout the winter. All shots will be administered by certified healthcare professionals from InterFit Health. In addition to the flu shots, a limited number of pneumonia shots will be available. The vaccinations will be competitively priced. Participants must be over the age of nine to receive a flu shot. Medicare Part B participants with a valid card and picture ID will not incur any charges for the shots. Educational resources and sample products will also be available to help people manage their health during cold and flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those at high risk of complication from influenza get flu shots as early as possible in the season, as the vaccine
takes about two weeks to become fully effective. The CDC also recommends a number of other steps that can help prevent the spread of flu:
- Cover mouth and nose. When coughing or sneezing use a tissue whenever possible, and discard it in the trash.
- Clean hands often. Make every effort to wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand-washing stops the spread of germs. Alcohol-based gels and wipes also work well.
- Remind family members to practice healthy habits. Germs that cause colds, coughs, flu and pneumonia can spread easily among those in close contact. Institute healthy practices in the home to prevent the spread of illness to other family members.
- Share information about healthy habits with co-workers. Healthy habits can help reduce illnesses and sick days in the workplace as well.
- Avoid spreading the flu. Flu can make some individuals very ill. It is important to stay home when sick with the flu to avoid spreading it to others. See a doctor when necessary.
The CDC’s recommendations are available on www.cdc.gov/germstopper.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
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