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Influenza and pneumonia remain the eighth-most-prevalent cause of death in the U.S.1 Prioritize members' health and keep costs low by encouraging vaccinations.

Walgreens has programs that bring flu shots on-site to your business and voucher programs for employees to use when getting their shot in-store. And with convenient night and weekend hours, your employees will have more options for finding an immunization plan that's right for them.

Your Challenges

People avoiding vaccination

Only 45% of adults were vaccinated for the flu by mid-November 2018.2 Why?

People Avoid Vaccination

Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu annually, representing 24.7 to 60.8 million cases of the flu, resulting in $87 billion in overall costs.2

How We Can Help


Vaccines reduce risk

Vaccines reduce risk

  • About 60% fewer workdays lost, and 68% less presenteeism3
  • Up to 60% lower flu risk4, 5
  • 12.4% flu-related hospitalizations prevented6
  • 5.29 million flu-related illnesses prevented6
  • 2.64 million flu-related medical visits prevented 6
Convenient hours, no appointments needed

Convenient hours, no appointments needed

Convenient hours, no appointments needed

  • 31.5% flu vaccinations given during off-hours 7
Highly trained medical professionals with years of experience

Highly trained medical professionals with years of experience

Highly trained medical professionals with years of experience

  • Coordination with primary care providers and state registries
  • Every pharmacist in every store is licensed to vaccinate

Walgreens offers vaccinations for:


  • influenza (flu)
  • pneumococcal (pneumonia)
  • zoster (shingles)
  • tetanus/diphtheria (Td)
  • hepatitis A and B
  • hepatitis A/B combo


  • meningococcal (meningitis)
  • tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • varicella (chickenpox)


  • polio8
  • Japanese encephalitis8
  • rabies
  • yellow fever8
  • typhoid fever8 (available at select Walgreens locations)
Cost savings

Cost savings

Cost savings

Of those adults vaccinated, almost 50 percent still receive the shot in a costly medical location.9 By helping make vaccinations easier and more affordable for members, you can help improve their overall health and help reduce your overall costs. According to a Walgreens cost-benefit model, there is substantial cost savings associated with being vaccinated at a pharmacy as compared to being vaccinated at a primary care provider's office.10

Cost Savings
Digital approach

Digital approach

Digital approach

  • "Smart Recommendations" promote personalized care based on member history and CDC advice.
  • Easy-to-use mobile app with vaccination reminders and recommendations.
  • The Walgreens Flu Index, which provides state and market-specific information regarding flu activity. Visit the Walgreens Flu Index ›

Visit the Walgreens Flu Index ›

Participant success
Participant success

Vaccination Research

Influenza Vaccination Uptake among Diabetes Patients in Community Pharmacies

Community pharmacies provide additional access and convenience as well as immunization counseling in order to maximize essential care for diabetes patients. The study found that 86.2% of patients immunized in the study were vaccinated before peak flu season.

Read more ›

Improving Pneumococcal and Herpes Zoster Vaccination Uptake: Expanding Pharmacist Privileges

This analysis demonstrates that states that offer pharmacists full immunization privileges have higher vaccination uptake rates than states with restricted or no authorization.

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Vaccinations Administered During Off-Clinic Hours at a National Community Pharmacy: Implications for Increasing Patient Access and Convenience

With the low vaccination rates in the United States, community pharmacies are creating new opportunities for vaccination that expand access and convenience.

Read more ›

Visit the Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research ›

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Related Solutions


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FastStats: leading causes of death. Updated March 2017. Accessed January 2019.

Your Challenges

2. Molinari NA, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Messonnier ML, et al. The annual impact of seasonal influenza in the US: Measuring disease burden and costs. Vaccine. 2007;25(27):5086-5096.

3. Nichol, K. L., Heilly, S. J., Greenberg, M. E., & Ehlinger, E. (2009). Burden of influenza-like illness and effectiveness of influenza vaccination among working adults aged 50-64 years. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 48(3), 292-298.

How We Can Help

4. Vaccine Effectiveness - How Well Does the Flu Vaccine Work? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website. Updated August 31, 2016. Accessed October 26, 2016.

5. Osterholm MT, Kelley NS, Sommer A, Belongia EA. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012;12(1):36-44.

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Estimated influenza illnesses and hospitalizations averted by vaccination - United States, 2014-15 influenza season. Updated 2017. Accessed January 2018.

7. Goad JA, Taitel MS, Fensterheim LE, Cannon AE. Vaccinations administered during off-clinic hours at a national community pharmacy: Implications for increasing patient access and convenience. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(5):429-436.

8. Available at select Walgreens locations.

9. Influenza. National early-season flu vaccination coverage, United States, November 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Accessed April 3, 2018.

10. Duncan IG, Taitel MS, Zhang J, Kirkham HS. Planning influenza vaccination programs: A cost benefit model. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2012;10(1):10.