September 4, 2018

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Carlisle, PA — With flu season around the corner, the team of immunizing pharmacists at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are helping customers and their families fight the flu by making flu shots available at all 138 GIANT/MARTIN’S stores with pharmacies.

“Getting a flu shot is the easiest and most effective way to fight the flu,” said Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy operations at GIANT/MARTIN’S. “We encourage everyone to visit their local GIANT/MARTIN’S pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as possible, because it can take up to two weeks to be fully protected against the flu.”

Flu shots are administered by immunizing GIANT/MARTIN’S pharmacists, subject to state regulations and no appointment is needed. Most insurance plans cover flu shots at $0 copays, including Medicare Part B. GIANT/MARTIN’S offers several types of flu shots for children, adults and seniors including the standard trivalent vaccine, a quadrivalent vaccine which offers protection against an additional strain of the flu virus and a high dose flu vaccine designed specifically for people 65 and older. To find the nearest GIANT/MARTIN’S pharmacy, visit GIANT or MARTIN’S websites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination. While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

“In addition to getting a flu shot, there are other simple steps customers can take to boost their immunity and stay healthy throughout flu season,” added Sarah Glunz, MS, CNS, LDN and lead nutritionist at GIANT/MARTIN’S. “GIANT/MARTIN’S nutritionists are a great resource for our customers, offering information on healthy eating and smart lifestyle habits, to help keep them healthy during flu season and throughout the year.”

Other ways to boost immunity and keep the flu virus and other germs at bay include:

  • Eat Immunity Boosting Foods

    While shopping at GIANT/MARTIN’S, pick up the following nutrient rich foods and ingredients to boost immunity and fight winter colds and the flu: apples, blueberries, citrus fruits, bell peppers, spinach, kale and other leafy greens, garlic, and turmeric, as well as Greek yogurt, kefir, and kombucha for the probiotic properties.

  • Stay Hydrated

    Keeping your body well hydrated helps the kidneys operate in flushing out unwanted toxins, helps your brain produce melatonin so you sleep better, and helps the body eliminate bacteria that may cause illness. Try infusing water with GIANT/MARTIN’S fresh cut fruit, herbs or vegetables for more flavor or try black, green, and herbal tea.

  • EScrub hands, including lathering the backs of your hands, in between fingers and under nails, for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well under clean, running water and dry using a clean towel. Repeat frequently, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. GIANT/MARTIN’S private label brand includes a variety of soaps as well as hand sanitizers for on-the-spot disinfecting.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Interviews with GIANT/MARTIN’S immunizing pharmacists and regional nutritionists available upon request.


About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ more than 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.