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Giant Food to Offer Seasonal Flu Shots

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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Giant Card Holders Can Save $10 on Seasonal Immunization

LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than twenty years, Giant Food has provided seasonal flu shots as part of its Health & Wellness initiative in a continuing effort to best meet the needs of its customers during the cough and cold season. This year, Giant will offer seasonal influenza immunizations at a reduced price to Giant card holders in the pharmacy department beginning Friday, September 11 through November 26 or while quantities associated with this program last.

"As part of our continued commitment to provide value to our customers, Giant Food is offering seasonal flu shots for $20 when customers use their Giant card," said Jim Wonderly, vice president of pharmacy operations for Giant Food. "Unfortunately, many Americans are foregoing medical care because of increased costs, and Giant wants to do our part by offering affordable immunizations during these challenging economic times."

Seasonal flu shots will be administered at a reduced price in most Giant stores starting Friday September 11, expanding to all stores in October. Immunizations will be provided by certified and trained Giant pharmacists and through Giant's partnership with Maxim Health Systems and their trained health care professionals. The cost of the seasonal immunization is $30, but customers with a Giant loyalty card can save an additional $10. Thus, the final cost to Giant customers, with the Card, is $20.

"We believe our job is to prove to our customers that we are the best food and drug store, and that's why we are offering this season's flu shots at such a great value," said Robin Michel, executive vice president and general manager of Giant Food.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is important that individuals at higher risk of having serious seasonal flu complications be vaccinated each year. People who should be vaccinated include:

Influenza, more commonly known as the seasonal flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that peaks in the winter, typically December through March. Each year millions of Americans are affected by the seasonal flu. For more information about the seasonal flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's website at www.cdc.gov.

Additionally, Giant is working closely with local and state officials and the CDC, to prepare for the eventual administration of the H1N1 ("swine") flu vaccine.

Customers interested in receiving seasonal flu immunizations at their local Giant can talk to their pharmacist, visit Giant's website at www.GiantFood.com, or obtain additional information by calling (888) 469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 181 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 181 stores are 164 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Netherlands-based Ahold. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

-- Children ages 6 months to 19 years -- Pregnant women -- People 50 years of age and older -- People with certain chronic medical conditions -- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities -- People who live in or care for those at high risk for complications from flu including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk, and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age

SOURCE Landover, MD - Giant Food LLC
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