Kmart now offering flu shots and other back-to-school immunizations for the whole family

Kmart now offering flu shots and other back-to-school immunizations for the whole family

 

Pharmacies nationwide will offer no cost* flu shots

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Knocking back-to-school shopping off the to-do list isn’t the only thing families can do at Kmart this summer — they can also knock out the flu. Kmart is kicking off flu season with pharmacies fulfilling the promise of a one-stop, convenient health destination, offering flu shots and other back-to-school immunizations for the whole family.1

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, which can cause mild to severe illness, or even more serious outcomes.2 The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. By visiting a Kmart Pharmacy, customers can receive $0 [no cost] flu shots with most insurance plans* and with no appointment needed.

“Our message is simple this season – Kmart is offering a convenient, early start to knocking out the flu,” said Jennifer Speares Lehman, registered pharmacist and director for Kmart Pharmacy. “Many forget that back-to-school season means flu season isn’t far behind. As people prepare, we want to remind customers that Kmart can provide flu and other back-to-school immunizations to fulfill your family’s health needs.”

The CDC estimates that less than half of adults were vaccinated last flu season, with childhood rates just below 60 percent.3 Even more concerning is a poll sponsored by CityMD, an urgent care center network, that found 52 percent of adults aged 18-34 didn’t plan to get the flu shot during last year’s season, and 25 percent blamed cost as the main deterrent.4

The physical burden of flu is bad enough; however, the cost of catching flu can be staggering. A 2016 study from the University of North Carolina estimated that American adults sick with flu cost the economy about $5.8 billion annually in medical visits, medication and lost productivity.5 While catching the flu can be costly, Kmart believes knocking it out with a flu shot shouldn’t be, offering $0[no cost] flu shots with most insurance plans*.

Kmart’s commitment to its members doesn’t stop with administering flu shots. In an effort to offer a well-rounded health experience with Kmart’s “Care Beyond the Counter” approach, the pharmacy team helps customers select over the counter healthcare items. This is another reason why Kmart Pharmacy is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.6

Please visit KmartPharmacy.com/immunizations for more information and additional resources. To find a nearby Kmart Pharmacy location, visit KmartPharmacy.com.

About Kmart

A subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), Kmart makes shopping fun for everyone. Most recognized for the iconic Bluelight Special and family-friendly in-store events for its customers and Shop Your Way® members, Kmart also boasts ridiculously awesome savings and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Adam Levine, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. In addition to its unique offerings and thrilling deals, Kmart offers a variety of financial services including year-round layaway and leasing options. Kmart Pharmacy also features best-in-class patient care for its members and customers and is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction. For more information, visit Kmart.com, download the Kmart mobile app or follow the conversation on social with #LifeIsRidiculouslyAwesome.

*No copayment unless required by your plan. Cash Price of the Trivalent flu shot is $27.99.

1 Vaccine administration is dependent on state pharmacy laws and regulations.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2017. “About Flu.”
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016. “Flu Vaccination Coverage, United States, 2015-16 Influenza Season.”
4 CityMD 2016. “More than Half of Millennials Not Planning to Get Flu Shot.”
5 Ozawa, Sachiko, et al. 2016 “The Economic Burden of US Adult Vaccine Avoidance: $8.95 Billion In 2015.”
6 American Customer Satisfaction Index 2017. “Health and Personal Care Stores.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kristin McManus
Kmart
847-286-0684
Kristin.McManus@searshc.com

Bridgette Potratz
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-755-5462
Bridgette.Potratz@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Kmart Pharmacy makes epinephrine auto-injectors affordable with new lower price

Kmart Pharmacy makes epinephrine auto-injectors affordable with new lower price

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the massive increase in the cost of epinephrine auto-injector pens, Kmart Pharmacy lowered the cost of the generic version of Adrenaclick (epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector) as low as $0 for commercially insured patients* and $199.99 for cash paying patients per two-pack. People with life-threatening allergies will now have more affordable access to this much- needed device, compared to the cost of $642.69 a pack for EpiPen® and $330 for the Mylan generic version of EpiPen®.

“When the cost of epinephrine skyrocketed, Kmart understood the critical impact it would have on our customers and worked to make access affordable,” said Jennifer Speares Lehman, RPh, Director of Compliance and Administration for Kmart Pharmacy. “As part of our ‘Care Beyond the Counter’ approach, Kmart Pharmacy more deeply connects with our customers on issues that matter to them most. Affordable epinephrine auto-injectors is definitely one of them.”The new low price of Adrenaclick is possible through Kmart’s lowered pricing, combined with a manufacturer’s coupon. This price decrease is another example of Kmart Pharmacy’s commitment to its customers and their health.  Kmart Pharmacy has been recognized as the national leader in customer satisfaction (No. 1) by the American Customer Satisfaction Index®, the only national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the U.S.Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance providers to determine coverage and potential copays. Please visit KmartPharmacy.com for more information and to find a Kmart Pharmacy location near you.

About Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause severe swelling, breathing problems, loss of blood pressure, and death. Allergic reactions can be caused by stinging and biting insects (bugs), allergy injections, food, medicines, exercise, or unknown causes.

Epinephrine is the drug of choice for someone experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. Prompt recognition of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis is crucial.

According to a 2013 survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America called “Anaphylaxis in America,” people are poorly prepared to deal with anaphylaxis, even when they have had severe allergic reactions in the past. The survey, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found though most people who experienced anaphylaxis reported two or more reactions during their lifetime, 60 percent of them did not have an epinephrine self-injection available, and more than 50 percent had never been given a prescription for it.

About Adrenaclick
Adrenaclick (epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector) is an emergency injection (shot) of epinephrine used for the treatment of anaphylaxis. With numbered and color-coded instructions, Adrenaclick is designed for single-dose use by patients and caregivers in an anaphylactic emergency.

Adrenaclick is an authorized generic and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved device with the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices.

About Kmart
A subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), Kmart makes shopping fun for everyone. Most recognized for the iconic Bluelight Special and family-friendly in-store events for its customers and Shop Your Way® members, Kmart also boasts ridiculously awesome savings and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Adam Levine, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. In addition to its unique offerings and thrilling deals, Kmart offers a variety of financial services including year-round layaway and leasing options.  Kmart Pharmacy also features best-in-class patient care for its members and customers and is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction. For more information, visit Kmart.com, download the Kmart mobile app or follow the conversation on social with #LifeIsRidiculouslyAwesome.

*No co-payment unless required by your plan. Cash price of the Adrenaclick two-pack is $199.99.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  
Tricia Perrotti
Kmart
551-226-0488
Tricia.Perrotti@searshc.com

Kelly Cagney
Zeno Group for Kmart
630-212-8891
Kelly.Cagney@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

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