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Rite Aid kicks off contest for Wellness+ members

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Monday sweetened the pot for those loyalty card members braving the cold and visiting the pharmacy in February.

With the purchase of $100 or more of specially marked products throughout the store, Rite Aid’s Wellness+ cardholders can earn a $20 +Up Reward, and at the same time be automatically entered into a sweepstakes featuring more than $100,000 in prizes, as part of Rite Aid’s new Winter Rewards Program through Feb. 26.

Prizes include Panasonic 3-D 50-in. plasma TVs, ski or snowboard equipment packages, On the Edge 3-in-1 combination table games, Flip Slide HD video cameras and Rite Aid gift cards. The grand prize is an eight-day/seven-night Hawaiian cruise for two on board Norwegian Cruises’ Pride of America.

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CDC issues report on flu activity in the United States

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Influenza activity in the United States decreased across several indicators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, though the agency projected that illness rates for the season have not yet peaked.

Of all influenza A viruses tested since Oct. 30, 2010, only 15.8% were identified as the 2009 H1N1 virus; 44.6% of the specimens were identified as an H3N2 virus. That virus is similar to the H3N2 component of the 2010-2011 triumvirate influenza vaccine.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness was 2.9%, which is above the national baseline of 2.5%. Four states experienced high ILI activity: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Thirty states continue to record only minimal ILI activity.

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Saving on supplements at Sam’s

BY DSN STAFF

TAMPA — Right in the main aisle that everyone walks down after they enter the building and go past electronics, Sam’s Club has parlayed its tagline “savings made simple” to read “healthy living made simple,” as seen on this display of aggressively priced store-brand ibuprofen and vitamin D.

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