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As National Influenza Vaccination Week Kicks Off, Walgreens Highlights Flu's Impact on Winter Vacations - 11 Million Trips

 As National Influenza Vaccination Week Kicks Off, Walgreens Highlights Flu's
  Impact on Winter Vacations - 11 Million Trips Interrupted in 2012, Survey

Company collaborating with public health departments and community
organizations to drive immunization rates in conjunction with CDC effort

PR Newswire

DEERFIELD, Ill., Dec. 10, 2013

DEERFIELD, Ill., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) is driving flu shot awareness during its National
Influenza Vaccination Week campaign Dec. 8-14, and with the winter holidays
and busy travel period approaching, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) is
giving people another telling reminder of why protection from the flu is
important - more than 11 million Americans had vacation plans disrupted by the
flu in 2012, the company's recent Impact Survey suggests.

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"It is important to remember that the vaccine doesn't just protect the person
getting a flu shot, it helps to protect friends, family, co-workers and others
with whom they're coming in contact," said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens chief
medical officer. "This time of year, germs and viruses can easily spread as
people travel, gather for the holidays and enjoy other seasonal community
activities. Last year we saw the widespread effect this can have for those who
maybe didn't take the proper preventive measures."

The Walgreens Flu Impact Report found that last year's severe flu season
significantly impacted holiday events in general, with 17 million of them
cancelled or interrupted, based on survey projections. The 2012-13 flu season
was one of the most severe in the U.S. in more than a decade and according to
the study, had three times the impact over a more typical flu season on travel
and holiday plans.

Flu Clinics

In support of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Walgreens is collaborating
with health departments and other community organizations in a number of
states including Illinois, Nevada, Rhode Island and Texas, as well as the city
of Boston to host flu clinics and other events throughout the week. For more
information regarding National Influenza Vaccination Week events and
activities, visit,

The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. Flu shots
are also available daily with no appointment necessary at all Walgreens
pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics and Duane Reade drugstores in New York[1].


The Flu Impact Survey was conducted online within the United States by USamp
on behalf of Walgreens from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4, 2013, among 1,200 nationally
representative adults ages 18 and older. Flu Impact Report results were
balanced on key demographics to allow projection of results to the entire U.S.
adult population. Results are based on self-reported instances of the flu and
flu-like symptoms.Projections incorporate the latest data available for
average compensation and hours worked from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
population data and projections from the United States Census and compared
against beta Flu Work Loss models developed by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.The margin of error for the national sample is +/-2.9 percent
reported at a 95 percent confidence level.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens' ( vision is to be the first choice in health and
daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. 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 8,197 drugstores in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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 750 locations throughout the country.

[1] Vaccine subject to availability.Age, state and health related
restrictions may apply.

SOURCE Walgreens

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