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In latest report, CDC says flu incidence is low

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Flu activity in the United States for the 2011-2012 season currently is low, making it an ideal time for Americans to get vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its newly released “FluView” report, the CDC said national flu incidence was 1.2% during the week that spanned from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8. Additionally, the CDC said that the current vaccine supply is projected to set a U.S. record, as more than 110 million doses of vaccine were delivered in the United States (as of the end of September), with manufacturers projecting total production of between 166 and 173 million doses. This is the most flu vaccine ever produced for the U.S. market, the agency said.

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body′s immune response to fully kick in,” CDC′s Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention chief Joe Bresee said. “It′s best to get vaccinated before activity begins so that you′ll be protected once flu season starts in your community. From our perspective, the time to get vaccinated is now.”

The CDC FluView report is published each Friday from October through mid–May.


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Bed Head unveils new collection of travel-sized hair styling appliances

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy’s Bed Head has introduced its new purse-friendly Groupie Collection, which offers a mini-sized dryer, curling iron, two straighteners and crimpers.

“Bed Head is always ahead of the curve, coming up with innovative product designs and new ways for consumers to get the look. With the Groupie Collection of mini appliances, you can now achieve and maintain great style anywhere. Don’t be fooled by their smaller appearance; these products will still give you the high-quality results you are used to,” stated Bob Ballard, VP retail marketing for Helen of Troy.

The Bed Head Groupie Collection includes the following products:

The Mini Dryer (BH409) is ideal for shorter styles and features:

  • Tourmaline ceramic technology fights the frizz and creates shine;

  • 1,000 watts;

  • Two heat/speed settings;

  • Cold shot button for setting the style;

  • Removable end cap for quick and easy cleaning; and

  • Concentrator attachment for precise styling.

The Mini Curling Iron (BH109) is a mini curling iron that conveniently curls shorter layers, creates flips and boosts volume. The barrel also is 33% larger than the leading mini curling iron, and it features:

  • 1-in. ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30 second fast heat up;

  • On/Off Switch “On” Indicator Light;

  • Built-in safety stand; and

  • Tangle free swivel cord.

Mini Straighteners (1/2” – BH216, 1” – BH215) has a 0.5-in. iron, which is perfect for bangs and getting close to the roots. The 1-in. tackles touch-ups on any hair type and style and features:

  • Ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30-second fast heat-up;

  • On/off switch;

  • “On” indicator light;

  • Dual voltage (BH216 only); and

  • Instant heat recovery.

Mini Crimpers (1/2” – BH310, 1” – BH309): The 0.5-in. crimper is ideal for adding volume, and the 1-in. is perfect for creating piecey texture. The mini crimpers feature:

  • Ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30-second fast heat-up;

  • On/off switch;

  • “On” indicator light;

  • Dual voltage (BH310 only); and

  • Instant heat recovery.

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CVS/pharmacy adds social network connectivity to in-store Kodak kiosks

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday that social network connectivity is now available at all CVS/pharmacy photo centers with Kodak picture kiosks.

Effective immediately, customers can visit the CVS/pharmacy photo center to access and print their photos or access their friends’ photos directly from Facebook at the Kodak picture kiosk. This new feature allows CVS/pharmacy customers to print images directly from Facebook without bringing a digital camera, USB drive or smartcard into the store.

In addition to prints, the new in-store Facebook application allows consumers to share their favorite memories with friends with personalized photobooks, calendars or other photo products created at the Kodak picture kiosk. Consumers will find the "Connect and Print from Facebook pages" icon on the Kiosk home screen, and on the Kiosk’s onscreen keyboard, which now features dedicated "@" and ".com" keys to simplify online site access.

Now through Oct. 23, customers can try the service for free by participating in the "Free Print Week" promotion accessible through the CVS/pharmacy Facebook fan page. All customers who "Like" CVS/pharmacy on Facebook can print a coupon pass redeemable for 20 free 4×6 prints from any Facebook-enabled Kodak picture kiosk location.

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