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Kerr Drug offers flu shots at N.C. State Fair

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — County and state fairs across the country draw millions of visitors every year, but many fairgoers forget to bring along things like sunscreen, headache relievers and antacids.

In response, Kerr Drug is sponsoring a "general store" at the North Carolina State Fair, the regional retail pharmacy chain said. In addition to the aforementioned items, it also will act as the exclusive provider of flu shots at the fair, and Kerr Drug pharmacists will be on hand to provide flu shots to individuals ages 14 and older.

"The NC State Fair shows off the best traditions of North Carolina and Kerr Drug, with our headquarters in Raleigh and our pharmacies across the state, and is proud to be the operator of the fair’s general store [and] the exclusive provider of flu shots of the N.C. State Fair," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said.

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In latest report, CDC says flu incidence is low

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Flu activity in the United States for the 2011-2012 season currently is low, making it an ideal time for Americans to get vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its newly released “FluView” report, the CDC said national flu incidence was 1.2% during the week that spanned from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8. Additionally, the CDC said that the current vaccine supply is projected to set a U.S. record, as more than 110 million doses of vaccine were delivered in the United States (as of the end of September), with manufacturers projecting total production of between 166 and 173 million doses. This is the most flu vaccine ever produced for the U.S. market, the agency said.

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body′s immune response to fully kick in,” CDC′s Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention chief Joe Bresee said. “It′s best to get vaccinated before activity begins so that you′ll be protected once flu season starts in your community. From our perspective, the time to get vaccinated is now.”

The CDC FluView report is published each Friday from October through mid–May.


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Bed Head unveils new collection of travel-sized hair styling appliances

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy’s Bed Head has introduced its new purse-friendly Groupie Collection, which offers a mini-sized dryer, curling iron, two straighteners and crimpers.

“Bed Head is always ahead of the curve, coming up with innovative product designs and new ways for consumers to get the look. With the Groupie Collection of mini appliances, you can now achieve and maintain great style anywhere. Don’t be fooled by their smaller appearance; these products will still give you the high-quality results you are used to,” stated Bob Ballard, VP retail marketing for Helen of Troy.

The Bed Head Groupie Collection includes the following products:

The Mini Dryer (BH409) is ideal for shorter styles and features:

  • Tourmaline ceramic technology fights the frizz and creates shine;

  • 1,000 watts;

  • Two heat/speed settings;

  • Cold shot button for setting the style;

  • Removable end cap for quick and easy cleaning; and

  • Concentrator attachment for precise styling.

The Mini Curling Iron (BH109) is a mini curling iron that conveniently curls shorter layers, creates flips and boosts volume. The barrel also is 33% larger than the leading mini curling iron, and it features:

  • 1-in. ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30 second fast heat up;

  • On/Off Switch “On” Indicator Light;

  • Built-in safety stand; and

  • Tangle free swivel cord.

Mini Straighteners (1/2” – BH216, 1” – BH215) has a 0.5-in. iron, which is perfect for bangs and getting close to the roots. The 1-in. tackles touch-ups on any hair type and style and features:

  • Ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30-second fast heat-up;

  • On/off switch;

  • “On” indicator light;

  • Dual voltage (BH216 only); and

  • Instant heat recovery.

Mini Crimpers (1/2” – BH310, 1” – BH309): The 0.5-in. crimper is ideal for adding volume, and the 1-in. is perfect for creating piecey texture. The mini crimpers feature:

  • Ceramic technology for frizz-free, shiny styles;

  • High heat, constant heat;

  • 30-second fast heat-up;

  • On/off switch;

  • “On” indicator light;

  • Dual voltage (BH310 only); and

  • Instant heat recovery.

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