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Publix commences flu vaccination program

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix announced that it once again is offering immunizations against the flu this season.

This year, however, the company is offering traditional flu shots, a needle-free option. Additionally, some of its pharmacies will offer the intradermal flu vaccine — which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot — and Fluzone High Dose, which is recommended for patients ages 65 years and older.

Traditional flu shots and needle-free flu shots cost $30, while the intradermal flu vaccine costs $35 and Fluzone High Dose costs $60. Publix accepts cash, Medicare Part B and many other third-party insurances as payment for flu shots, the retailer said.

“Offering seasonal flu shots is an example of the premier service our customers expect from Publix,” Publix director of media and community relations Maria Brous said. “Publix cares about its customers, and vaccinations also help lessen the spread of communicable diseases in our community.”

For a list of store locations, as well as dates and times of flu shot clinics, visit Publix.com/flu.


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BJ’s picnics raise breast cancer awareness

BY DSN STAFF

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that it is partnering with 13 of the country’s leading cancer centers to host picnic luncheons to educate guests about breast cancer.

This is the sixth year BJ’s is hosting these "Pink Picnic" events, which will feature a doctor or specialist from a partner hospital and an inspirational speaker, who will share her experience with the disease, the company reported.

During the event, cancer survivors will be invited to share their stories. Additionally, all attendees will receive special gift bags.

"Many members of the BJ’s Wholesale Club family have battled breast cancer or had a family member go through it; so it’s an honor to hold the ‘Pink Picnic’ events to raise awareness and money that will go to the life-saving work being done at these cancer centers," said Jessica Newman, manager of community relations.

In addition to hosting the Pink Picnics this October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, BJ’s Wholesale Club will sell "Pink Ribbon" Club merchandise. As in years past, funds will be raised through this specially marked merchandise sold at all BJ’s Wholesale Clubs and donated to 13 NCI-designated Cancer Centers.

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FDA approves Remicade for ulcerative colitis in children

BY Alaric DeArment

HORSHAM, Pa. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating ulcerative colitis in children.

J&J subsidiary Janssen Biotech said Friday that the FDA approved Remicade (infliximab) for moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in children who have not responded adequately to conventional therapies.

"Ulcerative colitis can be a devastating disease, and previously there had been no approved therapeutic options for pediatric patients who had an inadequate response to conventional therapy," said Jeffrey Hyams, University of Connecticut medical professor and lead investigator of the clinical study that lead to the new approval. "The approval of infliximab represents an important treatment milestone in the care of children stricken with this inflammatory bowel disease."

According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, about 1.4 million Americans have irritable bowel syndrome, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, including 150,000 children younger than 17 years old.


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