Most major drug store chains now have vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza available for anyone who needs it, according to a Wall Street Journal survey. The vaccine itself is free because it has been purchased by the government, but most stores are charging $10 to $18 to cover the costs of administration.
According to the Journal, Walgreens says it will have shots available in 49 states by the end of the year, Wal-Mart is offering the vaccine in every state except Hawaii and Alaska, CVS is offering it in 23 states and Rite-Aid in 30 states. Safeway says it has obtained vaccine for all its 1,730 stores in 17 states.
Separately, Walgreens said it now has vaccine available at all of its Los Angeles and Orange County stores, available whenever the immunizing pharmacist is on duty, by appointment, and during scheduled flu shot clinics. To find the immunizing pharmacist's hours, call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit their website.
-- Thomas H. Maugh II