All Walgreens, Duane Reade Pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics at Select
Walgreens Now Offering Flu Shots Daily with No Appointment Necessary
CDC recommends immunization early following the most severe flu season in the
U.S. in years
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- August 26, 2013
The 2012-‘13 flu season, which arrived in September and peaked in late
December just in time for the winter holidays, serves as a telling reminder
that an annual flu shot is the best defense against the unpredictable impact
of influenza. To help customers stay well this season, annual flu shots are
now available at all Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) pharmacies,
Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York.
Flu shots are available daily during all pharmacy and clinic hours, including
nights, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays^1,
with no appointment necessary. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens
pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens can provide
immunizations for patients age 2 and older. Flu shots are covered for eligible
patients under Medicare Part B as well as most insurance plans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot for
everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
“Last season demonstrated why it’s important to protect yourself early, as the
influenza virus is always unpredictable in when, where and how widely it may
spread,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and
wellness.“During a very active flu season, our pharmacists and Healthcare
Clinic nurse practitioners, who are trained to provide immunizations,
delivered more than 7 million flu shots to our customers. This season, by
offering flu shots when it’s most convenient for our customers, we’ll again
play an integral role in helping more people get, stay and live well.”
Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis, and those interested in appointments
can schedule one online for any Walgreens or Healthcare Clinic by visiting
www.walgreens.com or www.walgreens.com/clinic.
All Walgreens points of care this season offer a standard seasonal flu
vaccine, as well as FluMist, a needle-free nasal alternative; Fluzone HD, a
high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65; Fluarix, a quadrivalent
(protects against four strains of influenza) vaccine; and Flucelvax, a
cell-based vaccine which is expected to be available in late September.
According to the CDC, the 2012-‘13 flu season resulted in more adult
hospitalizations than most flu seasons. Older adults were among those more
significantly impacted, as those aged 65 and older accounted for more than
half of all reported flu-related hospitalizations last season - the highest
percentage reported since the CDC began collecting data on hospitalizations
from flu in 2005-’06.
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
8,105 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider
practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations
throughout the country.
^1 While immunizing health professional is on duty. Subject to availability.
State, age and health-related restrictions apply. See pharmacy for details.
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