Walgreens Nationwide Flu Shot Program Starts Oct. 1
Take Care Health Clinics also offer flu shots in select Walgreens in Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 20, 2007 â€“ The 14th year of Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) in-store flu shot program starts Oct. 1. The cost of the shot ranges from $24.99 to $30. Patients should verify insurance coverage for flu shots. The shot is available at no charge to Medicare Part B patients if theyâ€™re not members of an HMO and they present their Medicare card at the time of the shot. Flu shots will be offered in all 48 states where Walgreens has stores. This year Walgreens pharmacists in 30 states will administer the flu shots. Residents of these states should call their local Walgreens for a flu shot appointment: Alabama Iowa Nevada Texas California Kentucky New Mexico Utah Colorado Maryland North Carolina Vermont Delaware Massachusetts Ohio Virginia Idaho Michigan Oregon Washington Illinois Minnesota Pennsylvania Wisconsin Indiana Mississippi South Dakota Wyoming Nebraska Tennessee Residents in all other states will receive vaccines administered by nurses during scheduled flu shot clinics. For details on when a flu shot clinic will be offered at a specific store, call 1-800-FLU-9950. Information about influenza is available at www.walgreens.com/flu. Flu shots offered at Take Care Health Clinics Flu shots at Walgreens stores with Take Care Health Clinics will be administered by Take Care Nurse Practitioners. There are currently 46 Take Care Health Clinics inside Walgreens drugstores in Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis. Flu shots will be offered during the clinicâ€™s regular hours of operation seven days a week, except in select locations in Kansas City and St. Louis where all day flu clinics are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. No appointments are necessary at the Take Care Health Clinics, and most flu shot visits take about ten minutes. Flu shots cost $24.99 and may be covered by insurance. Shots are offered to patients age 9 and up, and pregnant women must have written approval from their primary care provider. Please call 1-866-TAKE-CARE for specific location information. Walgreen Co. is the nationâ€™s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2007 sales of $53.8 billion. The company operates 5,992 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico, including 77 Happy Harryâ€™s stores in Delaware and surrounding states. Walgreens is expanding its patient-first health care services beyond traditional pharmacy through Walgreens Health Services, its managed care division, and Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary that manages convenient care clinics inside drugstores. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc. and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Inc.