In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Schnucks is offering a $10 Schnucks Gift Card to all patients who get a flu shot at any of the 95 Schnucks Pharmacies between Dec. 6-12.

“Schnucks Pharmacies make it easy for patients to get vaccinated,” said Senior Director of Pharmacy Operations Bob Buganski. “No appointment is necessary, no prescription is required, and our pharmacists are certified immunizers. Patients can simply stop by during regular hours and request a flu shot.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW as a reminder of the importance of an annual flu shot. According to the CDC, every year an average of 5 to 20 percent of the United States population gets the flu, 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

Elderly individuals, young children and those with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for serious flu complications.

The agency recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot.

The cost of the vaccine at Schnucks Pharmacies is $41.99, however, there is no charge for Medicare Part B patients and most insurance plans cover the vaccine, so those patients are only responsible for their plan co-pay, if applicable.