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Walgreen's 7,500 stores offer walk-in flu vaccines

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walgreen Co’s 7,500 stores now offer flu vaccines to walk-in customers during nearly all pharmacy and clinic hours, the company said on Tuesday.

Immunizations are available at Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics, the company said. Duane Reade stores, which Walgreens purchased earlier this year, will offer flu shots during all pharmacy hours by September.

Walgreens also will allow direct medical billing through several insurance providers, including UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, and some regional providers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine protects against H1N1 influenza as well as the seasonal viruses.

The price for a flu shot at Walgreens is $29.99, and the price of a nasal spray vaccine, available at most locations, is $34.90.

Walgreen’s shares were up 0.5 percent at $28.16 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn