Walgreens announced it will begin offering seasonal flu shots on Sept. 1 at more than 7,000 points of care nationwide, including nearly all of its stores in 50 states and almost 350 in-store Take Care Clinics.
With more than 16,000 pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants licensed or certified to provide flu shots, Walgreens can provide seasonal flu shots most hours its pharmacies and Take Care Clinics are open.
Beginning Sept. 8 through Sept. 30, all clinics and Walgreens pharmacies will have immunizing pharmacists or nurse practitioners on staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, offering shots on a walk-in basis or by appointment for $24.99. Shots are available outside those hours if an immunizing pharmacist or nurse practitioner is on duty. State age and health condition-related restrictions may apply.
“With a heightened awareness around this flu season, we’ve assembled the resources to be the go-to source for flu prevention, as well as general health and wellness, in every community we serve,” said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. “Walgreens was built on a long-standing history as a community pharmacy and retailer. Now, with our expansive network of health care professionals, we’re proud to also be a destination for trusted information and high quality, affordable health care.”
An integral part of the network includes Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens stores, which have board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants on staff seven days a week, including extended evening and weekend hours, to administer shots and other vaccines such as PPV (pneumonia). No appointment is necessary.
More consumers plan to get flu shots
A new Walgreens survey conducted online from Aug. 17 through Aug. 20 with answers from 1,276 respondents found that more consumers, 50 percent, plan to get a seasonal flu shot this year, up from 43 percent who say they got one last season.
Additionally, 27 percent say they are more concerned about getting the flu than they were a year ago.
Seasonal flu shots cost $24.99 and Take Care Clinics are again offering the FluMist nasal spray as an alternative to the shot for $29.99.
Shots may be covered by insurance plans as well as Medicare Part B. Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance provider for coverage details.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against the H1N1 flu virus. H1N1 vaccine is expected to be made available around mid-October and two separate shots will be required, the center says.
Walgreens is working closely with the U.S. government, which is overseeing the development and disbursement of an H1N1 vaccine.
More information on the H1N1 flu virus as well as vaccine availability and prioritization can be found at the CDC Web site, www.cdc.gov.
“Pharmacists and health care professionals at Walgreens and Take Care Health Systems will actively seek out opportunities to educate patients about the differences between H1N1 and seasonal flu so they can take the best steps to protect themselves,” said Allan Khoury, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Take Care Health Systems. “While there’s certainly widespread and growing concern around H1N1, what consumers can do right now is get the seasonal flu vaccine.”