With strong flu season on horizon, Rite Aid urges flu shots

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With strong flu season on horizon, Rite Aid urges flu shots

By Michael Johnsen - 01/11/2018

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting widespread flu activity in 46 states, Rite Aid on Thursday urged people to get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already done so.

“With the CDC reporting widespread flu activity, health experts are predicting that the 2017-2018 flu season will be one of the worst in recent history,” stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.

[quote-from-article] “As we enter the peak of flu season, it’s not too late for people who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu to do so," she noted. "Though it takes two weeks to gain full protection against the flu, getting a flu shot as soon as possible is the single best way to fight the flu and the vaccine also helps to ease the severity and duration of symptoms if you come down with the flu.”

The CDC estimates the flu will infect 1-in-5 Americans this year.

With flu typically peaking between December and February, it’s possible for the flu season to run through March, meaning there is still time to get vaccinated.