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Healthy Living: Get your flu shot!

Have you had your flu shot yet this fall? You can now get your annual flu shot at most Brookshire’s pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas – and for just $20!

The 2011 flu shot protects against the three strains of influenza determined to be the biggest risk this season by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot because flu viruses are constantly changing and a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time.

In Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, BGC pharmacists can give flu shots to children ages seven and up without a prescription. Customers should check with their pharmacy regarding the shot for children under seven (with a prescription).

Customers can check with their Brookshire pharmacy to schedule the shot. There is a brief questionnaire to complete, and payment by cash or Medicare Part B is accepted. Customers must bring their Medicare card to the pharmacy before receiving the flu shot.

Though age restrictions apply in certain areas, the CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the vaccine.

Additionally, the CDC advises certain high-risk groups (seniors, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, and healthcare workers) to receive the shot each flu season.

It takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu virus infection.

In addition to the $20 flu shots, our pharmacists will also be offering pneumonia shots for $65 at the majority of our pharmacy locations.  Please check your local store for details.

For your convenience, we are also offering you an opportunity to give the gift of health to your employees, family, and friends.  Stop by the pharmacy to pick up a form and a $20 gift card and give it to someone you care about.

Let us help you beat flu season!

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