>On Monday, December 20, select Kroger stores in the Houston area will be hosting free flu shot clinics. We anticipate giving away 10,000 complimentary influenza vaccines to adults and children (ages 7 and older) across the region!

‘Tis the Season for Giving: Kroger to Give Away 10,000

Free Flu Shots Across Region

Shoppers can drop by select Houston stores on December 20 to receive a complimentary flu shot administered by a certified pharmacist; ages 7 and up welcome

WHO / WHAT: Each year in the United States on average 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

In its commitment to promote health and wellness, Kroger is helping to protect Houston-area families from the virus by hosting free flu shot clinics. The shots will be administered to those 7 years of age and older. No prescription is required and shots will be given while supplies last.

Following the widespread emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2009-2010 flu season, this year’s seasonal flu vaccine now offers protection against three strains including H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a flu shot can reduce the chance of becoming infected by 70 percent.

WHEN: Monday, December 20, 2010

2-7 p.m.

WHERE: Kroger (listed locations)

6322 Telephone Road at Bellfort — Houston, TX 77087

10250 State Hwy. 6 — Missouri City, TX 77459

1035 N. Shepherd at 11th — Houston, TX 77008

6055 Fry Road — Katy, TX 77449

5235 Aldine Mail Road at Hwy. 59 — Houston, TX 77039

13133 Veterans Memorial — Houston, TX 77014