Walgreens now offers flu shots at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics

DEERFIELD, Ill, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies, including Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, and at all Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations.

Flu shots are available during all pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays1, and no appointment is necessary. The flu shot is widely covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide vaccinations for patients age 2 and older.

“For more than a decade, Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners have been a trusted and accessible community resource for flu shots and other immunizations,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Every flu season is unpredictable, which is why an annual flu shot is the first and most important preventive measure to take to protect yourself and those around you throughout the season.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Walgreens points of care will offer a number of vaccine options that may include trivalent flu vaccine, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of influenza.

To find the nearest Walgreens, call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit www.walgreens.com.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Subject to availability, state age and health-related restrictions apply. See pharmacy for details.

Contacts:

Emily Hartwig
847-315-3316
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
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Source: Walgreens

Advocate Health Care to own and operate 56 Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens stores across Chicagoland area

Clinical agreement to improve care coordination and access across 56 retail clinic locations

DEERFIELD, Ill. & CHICAGO, 2016-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Walgreens and Advocate Health Care today announced Advocate will own and operate the 56 Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens stores across the greater Chicagoland area. The retail clinics will function as part of Advocate and will strengthen care coordination for patients, while also furthering overall convenience and access. The clinics, to be branded as Advocate Clinic at Walgreens, will open under Advocate in May 2016.

“Advocate Clinic at Walgreens expands Advocate’s care delivery locations to provide more options for patients and meet the needs of consumers in an evolving health care environment,” said Lee Sacks, M.D., Advocate’s chief medical officer and executive vice president. “With Walgreens’ unmatched footprint coupled with our leading clinical expertise and commitment to delivering high quality, affordable health care, more patients will have access to the best care when and where they need it.”

Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will provide consumers the ability to receive care from a well-known, trusted provider with the easy access and convenience of a retail clinic setting. The clinics also offer a high quality, affordable option for treating common illnesses and injuries and allow for more effective care coordination.. Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will continue to offer walk-ins and same-day appointment scheduling.

For Walgreens, the agreement aligns with a two-pronged growth strategy for its retail clinics, which includes investing in its core business and expanding services to build a strong and viable model for future growth, while also developing deeper, more innovative approaches with health systems.

“Advocate shares our commitment to delivering extraordinary, personalized patient care, and is a nationally recognized health system that, like Walgreens, has been serving Chicagoland communities for more than 100 years,” said Pat Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “We believe this approach will help ensure a true continuum of care for patients and their providers. This is also an emphasis for our Walgreens-managed clinics, where we continue to make investments, such as a new EHR platform, to offer patient benefits through a variety of convenient care options.”

Today’s announcement furthers Walgreens and Advocate’s efforts to improve care delivery. Walgreens currently operates on-site pharmacies at three Advocate hospitals, with plans to expand to three additional Advocate Hospitals in the near future.

Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will be staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners employed by, trained by and supervised by Advocate Medical Group. Advocate’s intention is to attempt to hire its initial workforce from among the employees currently working at Walgreens clinic locations.

The 56 Healthcare Clinics that Advocate will operate are located in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including five of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), three Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health and hospice companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $783 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2014.

About Advocate Medical Group
Advocate Medical Group provides primary care and specialty services throughout Chicagoland and Central Illinois. The physician-led group is focused on serving Advocate’s communities and achieving optimal health outcomes for patients by providing safe, coordinated care. Advocate Medical Group is the state’s largest medical group with more than 1,300 providers at over 200 locations. It is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the leading integrated systems in the nation. More information can be found at AMGDoctors.com, or by calling 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
jim.cohn@walgreens.com
or
Advocate Health Care
Lisa Lesniak, 630-929-6602
lisa.lesniak@advocatehealth.com

Flu shots now available with no appointment at all Walgreens, Healthcare Clinics and Duane Reade pharmacies

    • More than 90 percent of patients receiving flu shots at Walgreens have insurance to cover vaccination costs
    • Flu Index recaps states and markets hardest hit by flu last season

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Flu shots are now available daily with no appointment necessary at all Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics nationwide, and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, the company announced today.

Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis during all pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays1. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older.

With millions of newly insured Americans having gained coverage the past two years, more than 90 percent of those receiving flu shots at Walgreens points of care now have their immunization covered under some form of insurance, often with no co-pay or other out-of-pocket cost. Flu shots are covered for eligible patients under Medicare Part B as well as a vast majority of insurance plans.

“For nearly a decade, Walgreens has been administering flu shots to help protect our patients, customers and those around them throughout the flu season,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “With unprecedented convenience and broader coverage than ever before from health plans and insurers, it’s not only the most important preventive measure you can take for flu season, it’s also now one of the easiest.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Walgreens points of care this season will offer a number of vaccine options that may include trivalent flu vaccine, a needle-free nasal alternative, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against four strains of influenza.

Walgreens Flu Index recaps areas hardest hit by flu last season

The Walgreens Flu Index, a weekly report that provides state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, last season also listed the areas hardest hit by flu in a season-ending report.

According to the Index, the states with the highest rates of influenza were Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee. Portland, Ore., Hartford, Conn. and Boston were the markets with the least amount of flu activity. The top markets and states for flu activity were:

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity*

      1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
      2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
      3. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
      4. Jackson, Miss.
      5. Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.
      6. Knoxville, Tenn.
      7. Austin, Texas
      8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
      9. Chattanooga, Tenn.
      10. Tulsa, Okla.

Top 10 States with Flu Activity*

      1. Oklahoma
      2. Arkansas
      3. Mississippi
      4. Texas
      5. Tennessee
      6. Louisiana
      7. Alabama
      8. Kentucky
      9. Nebraska
      10. South Carolina

*Aggregate data from November 2014 through February 2015

In addition to the top markets, the season-ending Index also showed the bottom 10, suggesting successful prevention efforts in preparation for, and during flu season in these communities, which experienced the lowest levels of influenza.

Markets with Least Flu Activity*

      1. Portland, Ore.
      2. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
      3. Boston, Mass.
      4. Fresno-Visalia, Calif.
      5. Sacramento, Calif.
      6. Tucson, Ariz.
      7. Buffalo, N.Y.
      8. Providence, R.I.
      9. Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
      10. Los Angeles

*Aggregate data from November 2014 through February 2015

Methodology

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 20 retail locations.

The Flu Index is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrate which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of flu.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

1 Subject to availability, state age and health-related restrictions apply. See pharmacy for details.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens