NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's pretty common knowledge Walgreen's offers free flu shots, as do many other pharmacies.
What is surprising is an accomplishment East Texas News discovered at the Nacogdoches Walgreens.
"Little Nacogdoches? Asked Shelly Coleman, a staff pharmacist at Walgreens. "I know. It is amazing."
Coleman gives a lot of flu shots. The staff is setting records.
"We're number four in the company of over 7,500 stores," Coleman said.
Flu season hasn't officially begun, and the Nacogdoches Walgreens has already surpassed the company goal of more than 3,700 flu shots.
And manager Neville Benjamin said it won't stop there.
"Because we were number one in the nation last year," Benjamin said.
Shelly reached out with hugs for familiar customers on Wednesday.
"Hi, darling," Coleman said.
However, it takes a bit more reaching to beat out the big-city Walgreens stores.
"We go to the schools. We go to the university," Coleman said. "We go to the businesses. We go to all the churches. We work at it. It is a competition."
The driving force isn't just the trophies.
"We have a lot of senior citizens," Coleman said. "It's extremely hard on them to get the flu.">
"I'm too old to have the flu, so i want to be on the safe side," said Loraine Copeland, a Walgreens customer.
"We have a lot of college students packed into dorms or apartments," Coleman said. "It's just important for them to stay well."
Another concern is the Walgreen's in Atlanta, Georgia is this year providing some stiff competition.
"We won't let them get to us," said Cherie Pixley, a senior pharmacy tech at Walgreens. "We'll beat them. If not, we'll be right on their tail."
"At the tail end of it we're almost always number one," Coleman said.
The same applies for Coleman's customers.
"Thank you," one of Coleman's customers said. "Appreciate you helping me out."
Flu season hasn't even officially started. Immunizations are given all the way into April.