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Asda offers UK’s lowest-price seasonal flu jab

£8 vaccine set to relieve pressure on overstretched NHS and undercut rival retailers.

Today Asda is increasing the number of in-store clinics fourfold to help cope with an expected upsurge in demand for seasonal flu vaccinations this year.

By offering the £8 vaccine, Asda is looking to ease pressure on struggling medical centres and hospitals who are already planning to cope with a second wave of swine flu after the number of cases in Britain almost doubled last week.

Asda is undercutting rival retailers such as Boots, who charge £12.99, and Tesco and Morrisons, where the vaccine costs £10.

Last year family doctors and nurses administered around 13 million seasonal influenza shots. Asda expects a significant uptake in demand this year due to greater awareness around swine flu and new regulations that require Hajj pilgrims to provide proof of vaccination before entering Mecca.

John Evans, Chief Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda, comments: “Although there is heightened awareness and concerns around swine flu, people shouldn’t undermine the severity of seasonal flu which infects between 5 and 20 per cent of the population each year.

“We have increased the number of vaccination clinics this year and offering the flu jab for just £8 means many more people, who do not qualify for a free NHS jab, will be able to benefit from being safeguarded from seasonal flu this winter.”

Asda is increasing the number of day-long vaccination clinics on offer from one in 2008 to four in 2009. Trained nurses will administer the vaccination at Asda’s 169 in-store pharmacies across England and Wales on 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th October.

Customers can make an appointment from Tuesday 22nd September by phoning or visiting their nearest in-store Asda pharmacy. Details of stores with pharmacies and phone numbers can be found at Asda’s store locator at www.asda.com.

Posted in Press Centre on 22 September 2009