SmartCare Adds Healthy Dose Of Convenience To Flu Shot Season

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Flu Shot Season

SmartCare Family Medical Centers, which operates retail-based, walk-in medical clinics inside 15 Front Range Wal-Mart Supercenter locations, kicks off its flu shot season Oct. 1. Emphasizing convenience, vaccines are available seven days a week, with no appointment needed. Guests 18 months and older can receive the vaccine for $25.

Guests can receive a flu shot during SmartCare's regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., without making an appointment. In addition, flu shot clinics -- with extra medical staff to ensure little or no waiting -- will be held Sundays in October and November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each SmartCare location.

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"For many people, particularly families, the hardest part about protecting themselves against the flu virus is actually finding time to get a flu shot," said SmartCare's Chief Nurse Practitioner Rebeca Imgrund, FNP-C. "At SmartCare, we place a premium on wellness and illness prevention, so we have made it more convenient for adults and children to do the single most important thing to protect themselves against the flu by getting a flu shot. Flu season typically begins in the fall and can last into springtime, so October and November are the best times to get vaccinated."

Flu shots will be administered by SmartCare nurse practitioners; master's degree-level educated registered nurses who are licensed to both diagnose ailments and prescribe medication, Pneumonia vaccinations for those at risk of chronic illness and those over 65, also are available for $49 each.

Imgrund suggests the following additional steps to protect against the flu and other respiratory illnesses:

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