Smith’s donates meals for every flu shot administered

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Every year more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized due to influenza and one local grocery store wants to help lower that statistic all while giving back.

Smith’s Food and Drug Stores have agreed to donate a free meal to the Feeding American organization for each flu shot administered in their stores, which will in turn support the Road Runner Food Bank.

Smith’s Pharmacist, Chad Andrew, joined KRQE’s This Morning team to discuss the statistics and what they are doing for Feeding America. Watch above.

Flu shots not only prevent illness from the flu, but they also reduce the risk of serious complications by causing antibodies to develop in the body.

There are many strains of flu viruses, but the two strains that are most prevalent and cause most of the illnesses are Types A and B. The vaccine will provide protection against three to four strains of Type A and B viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone six months and older. The vaccinations fully protect about two weeks after the vaccination in given.

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