The United Family launches 'The Flu Ends With U' program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

The United Family launches 'The Flu Ends With U' program

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In efforts to help guests prevent illness this cold and flu season, The United Family™ is launching "The Flu Ends With U" program, through which all West Texas locations of United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos are offering a $5 grocery coupon to guests who purchase a flu vaccine throughout the month of September.

In addition to a typical flu shot, stores will also carry FluMist®, a nasal vaccine indicated for persons between 2 and 49 years of age. This year, flu shots can be purchased for $25 and FluMist® for $30.

"We know it's important to stay healthy throughout the cold and flu season so we are offering the convenience of getting flu shots at the same place you already shop," said Tim Purser, business director of pharmacy for The United Family. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older, and especially for people at high risk of influenza complications, including pregnant women, older adults and young children."

The United Family Pharmacy Clinical Services also offers vaccinations to businesses in the convenience of their own office. This service minimizes employee sick days, inconvenience and time away from the office. Businesses can reserve their time by visiting <http://marketstreetunited.com/flu-shots-for-business>.

"Though flu shots are helpful, everyone should take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their families from the virus," added Purser.

Below are five easy ways to help you stay healthy this flu season.

1. Wash your hands often. People often catch colds and the flu by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with a virus.

2. Routinely disinfect surfaces with soap and water (including toys). It may also help to wipe surfaces with paper towels that can be thrown away or cloth towels that can be washed.

3. Practice "cough etiquette". Turn your head to cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or the inside of your elbow if you don't have a tissue. Coughing or sneezing onto your hands will spread germs to everything you touch.

4. Use a reusable water bottle. Avoid using public water fountains, which may become contaminated with germs, especially during cold and flu season.

5. Avoid close contact with people when you are ill. Don't go to work, school, daycare, etc., if you are ill with the flu. Stay home and rest.

For more information on available vaccinations, FluMist® or "The Flu Ends With U" program, visit http://www.unitedsupermarkets.com/healthwellness/pharmacy/pharmacy-locator.

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