Target Corp.
(TGT) recently said that reasonably priced seasonal flu vaccinations will now be readily available at its 22 Target Clinic locations in Minnesota. The cost of flu vaccines start at only $24, while pneumonia vaccination will be obtainable for $35. The company also said that from October, vaccines would be available at more than 1,500 Target Pharmacy locations.

Although these vaccines do not safeguard against the deadly H1N1 flu, these are essential to protect families against seasonal flu and are recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local, state and federal health authorities are currently administering the production and distribution of H1N1 vaccine.

More than 200,000 people suffer from seasonal flu in the U.S. every year. The target group falls within the age bracket of 6 months to 19 years and 50 years or above, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, individuals admitted to nursing homes, workers in health care departments and caretakers of children less than six months old.

Target operates general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States. Currently, the company operates 1,719 stores in 49 states.

Kroger Co. (KR) had earlier made seasonal flu vaccines available at its 1,900 stores, effective September. The company operates supermarkets stores in the U.S. under four models – combo store (including both food and drug), multi-department stores, marketplace stores, and price impact warehouses. The company currently operates 2,475 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states.

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