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Vaccinations

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.

Your Challenges

People Avoid Vaccination

During the 2015-2016 flu season, over 58 percent of adults were not vaccinated.1

People Avoid Vaccination

Low Vaccination Rates = High Costs

How We Can Help

VACCINES REDUCE RISK

VACCINES REDUCE RISK

VACCINES REDUCE RISK

  • Up to 60% lower flu risk1, 2
  • 6.5% flu-related hospitalizations prevented3
  • 1.9 million flu-related illnesses prevented3
  • 966,000 flu-related medical visits prevented 3
CONVENIENT HOURS, NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED

CONVENIENT HOURS, NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED

CONVENIENT HOURS, NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED

  • 30.5% flu vaccinations given during off-hours 4
  • 62% of those vaccinated during off-hours are 18-64 years old 4
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 vaccines include:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
  • Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B combination
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Japanese encephalitis5
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • Polio5
  • Rabies5
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
  • Tdap (Whooping Cough)
  • Typhoid fever5
  • Yellow fever5
COST-SAVINGS

COST-SAVINGS

COST-SAVINGS

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 6

Cost Savings
MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE GET A SHOT. GIVE A SHOTŪ PROGRAM

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE GET A SHOT. GIVE A SHOTŪ PROGRAM

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE GET A SHOT. GIVE A SHOTŪ PROGRAM

  • When a patient gets a shot, Walgreens provides a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country.
  • Walgreens has helped provide 15 million life-changing vaccines to children around the world.
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 ›
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.

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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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References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FastStats: leading causes of death. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm. Updated February 25, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2016.

Your Challenges

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu vaccination coverage U. S. 2015-2016 Influenza Season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1516estimates.htm. September 29, 2016. Updated September 29, 2016. Accessed April 7, 2016. 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. Based on $25.73 hourly wage provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2016. 4. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic news release. Table B-3. Average hourly and weekly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t19.htm. Updated September 2, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016. 5. 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 6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clinical signs and symptoms of influenza. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/clinical.htm Updated May 26, 2016. Accessed August 16, 2016. 7. Keech M, Beardsworth P. The impact of influenza on working days lost: A review of the literature. PharmacoEconomics. 2008;26(11):911-924. 8. Flu prevention. CDC Foundation Website. http://www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse/flu-prevention-infographic Accessed September 28, 2016. 9. Nichol KL, Heilly SJD, Greenberg ME, Ehlinger E. Burden of influenza-like illness and effectiveness of influenza vaccination among working adults aged 50-64 years. Clin Infect Dis. 2009;48(3):292-298.

How We Can Help

1. Vaccine effectiveness- how well does the flu vaccine work? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm. Updated August 31, 2016. Accessed October 26, 2016. 2. 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. 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Estimated influenza illnesses and hospitalizations averted by vaccination - United States, 2014-15 influenza season. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/2014-15.htm Updated December 10, 2015. Accessed August 30, 2016. 4. 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. 5. Available at select Walgreens locations. 6. Duncan IG, Taitel MS, Zhang J, Kirkham HS. Planning influenza vaccination programs: A cost benefit model. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2012;10(1):10.