MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Annually, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to complications from the flu. There's no better way to proactively protect you and your family against the flu than getting an annual vaccination. Your local fred's pharmacist can answer any questions you may have related to the flu and insurance coverage for flu shots.
Flu shots are easy to get, and no appointment is necessary at fred's Pharmacy. Additionally, flu vaccines are free with most insurance plans, though copays may apply. Your local fred's pharmacist can also help you decide which version of the flu vaccination is right for you.
"The number one way to prevent getting the flu is by getting your annual flu vaccination," said Tim Liebmann, chief operating officer, pharmacy, fred's Inc. "By becoming a 'flu fighter,' you are protecting yourself and lowering the risk of spreading the flu to friends and family or other members of the community."
Flu activity begins to increase throughout October and November, but activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations for anyone six months of age or older to prevent illness or flu-related hospitalizations.
Getting a flu vaccine is especially important for those considered "high risk": young children, those 65 years or older, or those who have diabetes or chronic heart conditions. For information on fred's Pharmacy, including a full list of vaccinations and more, visit www.fredsmeds.com/healthy-living/immunizations.
To find your nearest fred's Pharmacy, visit www.fredsmeds.com/locate.
About fred's Inc.
fred's Inc. and subsidiaries operate in 15 states in the southeastern United States with 304 full-service pharmacy departments located within fred's stores, including four franchised locations. Additionally, fred's Inc. has 57 Xpress pharmacy locations, three specialty pharmacy locations and more than 650 discount general merchandise stores chain-wide. With a unique store format and strategy, combining the best elements of a discount dollar store, drug store and mass merchant, fred's stocks more than 12,000 frequently purchased items addressing the daily needs of its customers. For more information about fred's, visit www.fredsinc.com.
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