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SUPERVALU Pharmacies Steps Up National Flu Prevention Program
Company offers convenient immunization options in 30 states
FRANKLIN PARK, Ill., Sep 24, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SUPERVALU Pharmacies this flu season will make it easier to hurdle some common barriers to preventative health care measures such as flu immunization.

Beginning September 28, specially trained and certified SUPERVALU pharmacists will be available to administer both the needle-free FluMist(R) nasal spray and traditional flu vaccinations during regular pharmacy hours. For convenience, these vaccines will be available on a walk-in basis or by appointment at most SUPERVALU pharmacy locations. And, the company will offer special flu shot clinics in most SUPERVALU stores, at various times through November 1.

SUPERVALU Pharmacies operate under 11 retail brands, including Acme Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Osco Pharmacy, bigg's Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh Pharmacy, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, Shaw's Osco Pharmacy, Shop'n Save Pharmacy, Shop 'n Save Osco Pharmacy and Shoppers Pharmacy.

"SUPERVALU is taking a more holistic approach to pharmacy," said Chris Dimos, president, SUPERVALU Pharmacies. "Our in-store pharmacists across the country see that many health-related choices are influenced by convenience and price. As a company we are responding to these real concerns."

In addition to the two immunization options and flexible appointment schedules that include evenings and weekends, SUPERVALU Pharmacies also has reduced the price of its flu shots, compared to last year.

"Our aim is to make it easier for customers to see both the individual and public health benefits to getting a flu shot," Dimos said. "By removing some of the obstacles, we feel we can empower our customers to make wise and healthy choices."

According to CDC estimates, influenza is related to an average of 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations every year. Some researchers estimate that influenza is responsible for up to 12 percent of all work absences due to illness.

To make an appointment for a flu shot, customers can call (800) 783-0458 or visit their nearby pharmacy.

About SUPERVALU Pharmacies

SUPERVALU Pharmacies is owned and operated by SUPERVALU INC., one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of approximately $45 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,450 retail grocery locations including approximately 920 in-store pharmacies. SUPERVALU Pharmacies is the 7th largest pharmacy provider in the United States, operating under 11 retail brands, including Acme Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Osco Pharmacy, bigg's Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh Pharmacy, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, Shaw's Osco Pharmacy, Shop'n Save Pharmacy, Shop 'n Save Osco Pharmacy and Shoppers Pharmacy. For more information about SUPERVALU Pharmacies, visit www.supervalupharmacies.com.

SOURCE: SUPERVALU

SUPERVALU
Cassie Richardson, 847-916-4339
Manager, Pharmacy Communications
cassie.richardson@supervalu.com