With CDC reporting widespread influenza activity in 46 states, Rite Aid is urging people to get vaccinated against influenza. Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid, said: "As we enter the peak of flu season, it's not too late for people who haven't been vaccinated against the flu to do so. Though it takes 2 weeks to gain full protection against the flu, getting a flu shot as soon as possible is the single best way to fight the flu, and the vaccine also helps to ease the severity and duration of symptoms if you come down with the flu." All Rite Aid pharmacies offer influenza vaccinations on a walk-in basis. The vaccinations are administered by certified immunizing pharmacists, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours. Rite Aid also said its pharmacists are available to counsel customers on OTC medications, such as pain relievers and hydration products, that can help manage symptoms of influenza. In addition, Rite Aid pharmacies have supplies of the prescription medications oseltamivir phosphate and zanamivir for those patients whose doctor has recommended they take one of these medications or should have a prescription ready if they do require the medications. Store shelves are also stocked with extra supplies of hand sanitizer and soaps, masks, gloves, tissues, and household disinfectants.