DEERFIELD, Illinois – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Aug 24, 2021–
Walgreens now offers flu shots to all ages 3 and up, walk-in or by appointment, in more than 9,000 stores nationwide to help protect communities from preventable disease by vaccination such as influenza. This year’s flu season coincides with the return of many in-person school, work, travel and social activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this increased face-to-face interaction can result in an active flu season 1.
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Walgreens now offers flu shots to all ages 3 and up, walk-in or by appointment, in more than 9,000 stores nationwide to help protect communities from preventable disease by vaccination such as influenza. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Measures like social distancing, wearing masks and increasing flu shots contributed to very few flu cases last season, however, as communities resume their daily activities amid a surge cases of COVID-19, it is essential that people remain diligent in getting their flu shot. Said Kevin Ban, MD, chief medical officer, Walgreens. “The members of the Walgreens Pharmacy team have over a decade of experience administering vaccines and making it easy to get your flu and COVID-19 shots with one convenient stop.”
The United States is once again experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Walgreens braces for co-circulation of influenza and COVID-19 and eligible patients will be able to receive influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine in one visit . Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved yesterday by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of COVID-19 in people 16 years of age and older. Under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the vaccine continues to be available for patients aged 12 to 15 years and for administration of a third dose for certain immunocompromised individuals. A statement released last week by public health and medical experts from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans for the rollout of COVID-19 booster injections in September as the Delta variant continues to circulate and early evidence shows reduced protection against and moderate disease. 2
What to expect when you get your flu shot at Walgreens
With convenient locations and trusted local pharmacists, Walgreens will continue to play a vital role in reducing the spread of influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
New this flu season:
- Co-administration with COVID-19 vaccines: As per CDC guidelines, members of the Walgreens Pharmacy team may co-administer COVID-19 and other routine vaccinations. Patients who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine can be vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 during the same visit. Patients can also choose to get the flu shot while updating on other routine vaccinations like shingles, pneumonia, whooping cough, meningitis, measles, tetanus, typhoid, polio and others.
- Improved immunization scheduler: Walgreens has improved its vaccine scheduler to allow customers to schedule guest appointments as well as other routine immunizations, with further improvements expected in the coming months. When patients make an appointment for an influenza or COVID-19 vaccine, they will be asked if they would like to save travel and get additional vaccines, making it easy and easy to stay up to date on all of the vaccinations from routine.
- Extended eligibility age: Members of the Walgreens Pharmacy team can administer flu shots to children ages 3 and up across the country to help protect the whole family from the flu. The CDC recommends that anyone over six months of age get a flu shot, and children under 5 are most vulnerable to serious flu-related complications.
How to prepare for a visit:
- Visit Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine to schedule your flu shot or COVID-19 for your whole family or walk in during pharmacy hours.
- Fill out the paperwork online and bring it with you or fill out the paperwork digitally to be automatically sent to the pharmacy and reduce the time to your appointment.
- Find the nearest Walgreens through the Store Locator or Walgreens Find Care.
- Bring a face mask or face covering to wear during your appointment.
- Wear loose clothing and bring insurance information.
Vital vaccines for children around the world
For the ninth year in a row, Walgreens is partnering with the United Nations Foundation to Get a Shot. Give it a shot. to help provide life-saving vaccines to children around the world. From September 1 to December 31, for every flu shot or other routine immunization administered, Walgreens will donate to the United Nations Foundation’s Shot @ Life campaign, up to $ 2.6 million. To date, the Get a Shot. Give it a shot. has helped deliver more than 70 million life-saving vaccines to children around the world and pledged to reach 100 million vaccines by 2024.
For more information on how to get your flu shot at Walgreens or to schedule your next appointment, please visit Walgreens.com/Flu.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is part of the US segment of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail pharmacy. As America’s best-loved pharmacy, health, and beauty company, Walgreens’ goal is to champion the health and wellness of every community in America. Operating more than 9,000 retail outlets in America, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Walgreens prides itself on being a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 8 million customers every day. Walgreens pharmacists play a vital role in the US healthcare system by providing a wide range of pharmaceutical and healthcare services. To best meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with platforms bringing together physical and digital, supported by the latest technologies to provide high quality products and services to local communities nationwide.
1 MINISTRY OF HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES Financial year 2022. “Justification of estimates for appropriation committees”. Page 68. https://www.cdc.gov/budget/documents/fy2022/FY-2022-CDC-congressional-justification.pdf
2 US Department of Health and Human Services. “Joint statement from HHS medical and public health experts on COVID-19 booster injections. »August 18, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html
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