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      Kroger adds free antibiotics and flu shots to pharmacy promotions

      TOLEDO"Toledo Kroger pharmacies will offer customers a free 14-day supply of select antibiotics starting Thursday, Sept. 3.

      The antibiotics include:

    • Amoxicillin
    • Ampicillin
    • Bactiracin opthalmic ointment
    • Cephalexin
    • Ciprofloxacin tablets
    • Doxycycline Hyclate 50mg & 100mg
    • Erthromycin 250mg & 500mg tablets
    • Penicillin
    • Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim
    • Tetracycline
    • Offering free antibiotics is Kroger TMs way of thanking customers for their patronage and helping them keep their health care costs as low as possible, said Bruce Macaulay, president of The Kroger Co., Columbus Division.

      Individuals do not have to be Kroger customers but they must have valid prescriptions. The offer is good for new prescriptions only and for certain antibiotic forms and dosage strengths.

      The free antibiotics program complements many of our existing pharmacy programs, such as $4 and $10 generic drugs, flu shots and every day discounts on health and beauty care products through our Lower Prices program, Macaulay said.

      The drugs offered treat various conditions for people of any age, he said. Customers are able to ask any Kroger pharmacist for professional counseling about any of them.

      In addition, it will be Kroger TMs third year offering certified immunizing pharmacists to administer flu shots for $24.99, while supplies last.

      Individuals 14 years or older and minors accompanied by a parent or guardian can receive the shots. Each person will be screened to make sure health- or allergy-related factors will not prevent them from receiving the vaccine.

      Kroger wants to provide customers the opportunity to get their seasonal flu immunizations early so they are protected"although waiting until December or even later can still be beneficial, said Bill Sheridan, pharmacy merchandiser of the Kroger TMs Columbus Division. Getting vaccinated at a local Kroger pharmacy offers customers the convenience of getting the shot at the same location where they shop without scheduling an appointment.

      A shot will decrease a person TMs chance of getting the flu. Groups who are especially susceptible include: Individuals aged 6 months to 19 years old and those 50 years old or older, pregnant women, Iindividuals with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, health care workers, and household contacts and caregivers for children less than 6 months of age

      A vaccination is an important step in preventing the spread of the flu because the illness is so highly contagious, Sheridan said. Most people can infect others up to 24 hours before symptoms appear"and up to five days after they become ill.

      Kroger pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. One pharmacy, located at 4533 Monroe St., is open 24 hours a day.

      For more information about the free antibiotics, flu shots and other Kroger pharmacy programs, contact your local Kroger pharmacy or call 1-888-898-3542 to schedule flu clinics for businesses or other groups.

      ---Victoria Bouttavong