Flu season is around the corner -- shots are available now!

 Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and can continue through mid-May, with the highest concentration of cases occurring between December and April. Flu symptoms include headache, body aches, fever, fatigue, sore throat and dry cough. Additional information about the 2012-2013 flu season can be found at www.cdc.gov.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as it is available, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. A flu shot is recommended every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change, including two different viruses for this season. The 2012-2013 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009.

Rite Aid Corporation has announced that seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can receive a flu shot from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours, no appointment necessary. Flu shots are $29.99 each and are covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID. 

“While it’s difficult to predict what any flu season will be like, we do know that getting a flu shot as soon as it is available is the single best way to be protected against the flu,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy.

Rite Aid pharmacists are also able to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough), shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Rite Aid’s year-round immunization program, visit www.riteaid.com

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