LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 Now that summer is over, it's time tostart preparing for cooler weather and the potential flu season by gettingvaccinated against the influenza virus at your neighborhood Ralphs and Food 4Less Pharmacies.
Ralphs and Food 4 Less Pharmacies have been vaccinating patients thisseason since the end of August and will continue to offer a convenient andeasy way to get protected from this flu season at 95 locations throughoutSouthern California.
Public health officials are encouraging Americans to receive theirinfluenza immunizations every year. The flu is a very contagious illness thatstrikes millions of Americans, resulting in over 40 million workdays lost and30 million physician visits annually. According to the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC), everyone should get a flu shot as soon as thevaccine becomes available and if possible, before November. The flu seasontypically peaks from late November through March in the United States.Therefore, the best time to get a flu shot is now.
Many health experts recommend yearly flu shots for everyone 50 years ofage or older, anyone who has a serious long-term health problem, anyone whoseimmune system is weakened, pregnant women, children and adolescents from 6months up to their 19th birthday. The CDC also recommends annual flu shotsfor all health care professionals, students and staff at schools to preventoutbreaks, and virtually anyone who wants to reduce their chance of catchingthe flu or passing it to others.
The flu shots will be administered by licensed and specially trainedpharmacists on an ongoing basis throughout flu season or while supplies last.For scheduling information, customers interested in obtaining the flu shotsfor $25 can simply contact their neighborhood Ralphs or Food 4 Less Pharmacy,located in select Ralphs supermarkets and Food 4 Less stores in SouthernCalifornia. Customers can also visit our website at http://www.ralphs.com orhttp://www.food4less1.com and click on Pharmacy/Health.
Ralphs and Food 4 Less Pharmacies offer customers the convenience ofhaving their prescriptions filled while they shop for groceries. Among themany services offered are adult and adolescent immunizations for hepatitis Aand B, tetanus, meningitis, shingles, cervical cancer, pneumonia and flu;customized medication reviews; memory screenings; smoking cessation; andcholesterol screenings. Free blood pressure readings are also available. Mostpharmacies are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. on weekends. (Check your local store for hours.)
Ralphs and Food 4 Less are divisions of The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR), one ofthe nation's largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ralphs andFood 4 Less currently operate 408 supermarkets in California, Nevada, Illinoisand Indiana under the Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co banner, from itsheadquarters in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit our web sitesat http://www.ralphs.com or http://www.food4less.net.