Walgreens is transforming and enhancing the role of community pharmacy to help better serve its neighbors and patients. The company has 27,000 pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants certified to provide immunizations — the largest retail network of immunizers in the country.
Nearly 18 million immunizations were given over the last two flu seasons.
Immunizations are just one way pharmacists are expanding their role with patients and the community. Walgreens has launched a number of community education programs targeting diabetes awareness, HIV/AIDS, blood pressure screenings and smoking cessation. Pharmacy teams also offer valuable assistance to seniors every year with the Medicare Part D enrollment process. In addition to offering these services in the stores, Walgreens pharmacists are also out in communities conducting school talks about the profession of pharmacy, assisting in community health fairs and participating in community outreach efforts focused on health and safety. Studies show that in-person interaction with a pharmacist reduces health care costs through fewer complications and hospitalizations.
Walgreens has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2010 to annually provide more than $10 million worth of flu shots to uninsured and underserved people. Vouchers were distributed in all U.S. markets from New York to California.