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Meijer stresses now is the best time to get flu shot

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Drug Store on Tuesday announced the availability of this season's annual flu shot, noting that the back-to-school season is an ideal time to get vaccinated against influenza. 
 
"The best time to get a flu shot is not October, but actually before or soon after school starts," stated Nat Love, Meijer Drug Store VP. "Once classes begin, kids can literally bring viruses into your home every day, and it becomes difficult to keep influenza from spreading throughout the whole family. There is no expiration date to receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy."
 
Meijer anticipates administering 30% more flu shots this season than last, Love reported.
 
While H1N1 is still the most dominant strain this coming season, Love said walk-in services and new options for flu shots at retailers like Meijer are making it easier — and more appealing — for families to get vaccinated. Meijer operates 213 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. 
 
Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options that include:
 
  • Fluvirin/Fluzone: Vaccines injected in the arm for $27.99;
  • FluMist: Nasal spray by request for $32.99;
  • Fluzone HD: For patients 65 years and older that are typically covered by Medicare Part B for $56; and
  • Fluzone Quadrivalent — the new vaccine that covers the four major strains of influenza — for patients, ages 5 years to 49 years, for $32.99.
 
Getting a flu shot, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, may count as prescription credits in its new mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases, the company noted. 
 
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New ‘Squeeze Pods’ bring ultra-portability to personal care segment

BY Antoinette Alexander

MADISON, Conn. — Looking to jazz up the personal care segment is the new Squeeze Pod line of personal care products, conveniently packaged in patented, single-use "pods" for pampering and problem solving on the go.

Ideal for travelers and active people on the go, Squeeze Pods are TSA compliant and easy to pack or tuck in a pocket, purse, carry-on or gym bag. The USA-made products are also vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Showcasing the collection at the upcoming Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore will be founder and CEO Kevin Garrity.

“Our lightweight pods are designed to go everywhere with you,” stated Garrity. “Each is about the size and weight of a quarter, so they can easily be tucked in a pocket, back pack or bag. No other product offers this level of portability and ease for people devoted to a healthy lifestyle.”

The collection, which launched in March, includes:

Natural Hand Purifier: Squeeze Pod Natural Hand Purifier cleanses hands with such botanical ingredients as clove, cinnamon, peppermint and thyme. Plus, each drop contains natural moisturizers that soothe and protect skin, including aloe leaf juice and coconut oil.

Natural Moisturizing Lotion: Made with a quartet of natural moisturizers — shea butter, aloe vera, algae extract and jojoba extract — and infused with essential oils of grapefruit and bergamot for a spirit-lifting citrus scent, Squeeze Pod Natural Moisturizing Lotion provides dry skin relief.

Natural Toilet Odor Eliminator: Safe for plumbing and septic systems, Squeeze Pod Natural Toilet Odor Eliminator takes care of potentially embarrassing situations in a snap. Instead of an aerosol can or bulky bottle, it's packaged in discreet, leak-proof little pods and formulated with essential oils and natural ingredients like yeast enzymes that eradicate odors fast.

Natural Shave Cream: Formulated for sensitive skin with non-comedogenic natural ingredients and no harmful preservatives or allergens, Squeeze Pod Natural Shave Cream offers 2-in-1 convenience: It softens stubble for a close shave while soothing, smoothing and moisturizing skin. With all-natural hints of citrus and pine, it enlivens and prepares busy, on-the-go people for any endeavor.

Natural Hair Gel: From the airplane to the boardroom, from the convertible to the client's office, from the beach to the club … Squeeze Pod Natural Hair Gel keeps hair under control. Made with such natural ingredients as cornstarch and potato starch, it's a super-easy quick fix that won't leave hair brittle. Squeeze, style and go.
 

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Pedigree unveils new Stackerz dog treats

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pedigree Brand has released its new Pedigree Stackerz dog treats.

Each Pedigree Stackerz treat contains real meat as the first ingredient, the company stated, and provides a combination of two flavors. The three flavor combinations include:

  • Filet mignon and bacon flavor
  • Grilled chicken and NY strip flavor
  • Smoky bacon and cheddar flavor

All three flavors are now available at mass retail, grocery and pet stores for a suggested retail price of $3.99.
 

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