Bartell launches flu vaccination program

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has started its annual flu vaccination program, the Seattle-based retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Bartell said it would offer in-store vaccinations at its 61 stores and an off-site flu clinic program for businesses and retirement communities. Pharmacists can give vaccinations to anyone ages 5 years and older without appointment, though customers younger than 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations every year for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Bartell offers vaccines that protect against three influenza strains and four strains, respectively known as trivalent and quadrivalent. The trivalent vaccine protects against two influenza A strains and one B strain, while the quadrivalent vaccine protects against two A strains and two B strains.