Mayor Emanuel Celebrates Grand Opening of New Walgreens Flagship Store and Reminds Chicagoans about the Importance of Getting a

  Mayor Emanuel Celebrates Grand Opening of New Walgreens Flagship Store and
  Reminds Chicagoans about the Importance of Getting a Flu Vaccine

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CHICAGO & DEERFIELD, Ill. -- December 04, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined representatives from Walgreens to celebrate the
grand opening of a new Walgreens flagship store in the Bucktown-Wicker Park
neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, taking the opportunity to remind Chicagoans
about the importance of getting a flu shot this season.

“This new flagship Walgreens not only provides dozens of new jobs for
Chicagoans, it serves as an anchor for these neighborhoods and is opening just
in time to add to the City’s flu prevention efforts this season,” said Mayor
Emanuel. “It's important for people across the city to take steps that keep
them healthy. The City has launched an interactive online tool to help
Chicagoans find flu shot locations and has crafted partnerships to provide
additional opportunities for people to get flu shots right in their own
neighborhoods. The City is working to make sure everyone has the opportunity
to get a flu shot and maintain their health this winter."

This week, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is teaming with
Walgreens and community partners across Chicago to remind Chicagoans that
"It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot" and launch the firstVaccinate Chicago
Week, which runs through Saturday, December 8. During Vaccinate Chicago Week,
Chicagoans can find flu vaccine clinics right in their neighborhoods - with
many offering free flu shots.

“We’re proud to welcome Mayor Emanuel to this great new location to reinforce
the need for prevention and protection from influenza,” said Kermit Crawford,
Walgreens President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness. “We continue to work
together to develop new programs that bring our pharmacists and Take Care
Clinic nurse practitioners into Chicago communities, providing greater access
to flu shots and other immunizations. Initiatives like Vaccinate Chicago Week
can go a long way toward keeping Chicago healthy throughout the cold and flu
season.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot for
everyone over the age of 6 months and recommends vaccination every season in
order to be fully protected against influenza. In Illinois, pharmacists may
administer the flu vaccine to individuals age 10 and older.

"The winter season brings an increased chance of getting the flu and we
encourage all Chicagoans to get a flu vaccination now to protect themselves
and stay healthy,” said Chicago Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair,
M.D. "We've teamed with Walgreens and community partners to make it as easy as
possible to find a convenient location."

All Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics offer flu shots daily with no
appointment necessary. Flu shots are covered under Medicare Part B as well as
a majority of insurance plans.

Last month, the City teamed with local developers to launch a new interactive
online map that pinpoints flu shot clinics:www.CityOfChicago.org/Flu/Map.A
complete list of activities surrounding Vaccinate Chicago Week is available at
www.CityOfChicago.org/Health.

About The Bucktown/Wicker Park Walgreens Flagship Store

The new Walgreens flagship store is located within the historic Noel State
Bank building at the northwest corner of North and Damen Avenues in the city’s
Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind retail location preserves
the stunning and historic building’s original architectural integrity.

This is Walgreens second flagship store in Chicago and, like its downtown
State and Randolph flagship location, features an extensive collection of
innovative offerings, products and services unexpected from a drugstore.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,030 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

About Walgreens Take Care Health Systems

Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens, is the
largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers
and convenient care clinics in the country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care
Consumer Solutions (www.takecarehealth.com). Take Care Consumer Solutions
manages Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens drugstores throughout the
country. Patient care at each of the Take Care Clinics is provided by Take
Care Health Services, an independently owned state professional corporation
established in each market.

Contact:

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847.315.2950
jim.cohn@walgreens.com
or
Mayor’s Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org
 
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