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Nov. 4, 2004

Schnucks Pharmacies Cancel All Flu Shot Clinics After Nov. 6

ST. LOUIS - Schnucks Pharmacy and flu vaccine provider Maxim Healthcare Services have announced that all flu shot clinics scheduled at select Schnucks stores after Sunday, November 6 will be cancelled; however, all remaining clinics scheduled for this weekend (Nov. 4, 5 and 6) will proceed as planned. The 23 remaining clinics will be reserved for those with an increased risk of contracting the flu (please see below). Cost for the shot is $25.

According to Schnucks Director of Pharmacy Curtis Hartin, R. Ph., Maxim, one of the largest suppliers of flu shots in the nation, will discontinue clinics due to a shortage of the vaccine. "We were fortunate Maxim was able to offer 91 clinics in our stores in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Those clinics started in early October," said Hartin. "We will only have to cancel 11 remaining clinics that we had scheduled after this weekend."

Hartin advises any person who believe they are at high risk, to speak with his or her family physician. In the meantime, Schnucks Pharmacies with clinics set for this weekend are preparing for an increase in numbers at the store, "We would appreciate it if everyone would show patience with our teams as we work to deal with the tremendous increase in customer response," Hartin said.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 103 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa. The family-owned company ranks 94th in the Forbes magazine listing of the nation's "Largest Private Companies."

NOTE: The CDC defines those with an increased risk of developing influenza-related complications as:

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