Walgreens Immunization Solutions Program Overview
The flu and other seasonal aliments can affect up to 20 percent of the nation's workforce annually, causing absences resulting in significant costs to employers. In fact, employers spend more than $10 billion1 annually in lost workdays.
Consider these other facts:
- An estimated 31 million people are treated yearly for the effects of the flu2
- More than 60 percent of Americans do not receive a flu shot3
- A 2011 Walgreens customer survey indicated nearly half of all adults ages 18 to 64, do not regularly see a doctor
- About 78 percent of adults surveyed said they were unaware of the recommended vaccines4
- An estimated 1/3 of survey participants5 want a flu shot but find time a major obstacle
Protect your employees by partnering with Walgreens to improve your workplace productivity and to reduce lost workdays with our on-site clinics. Walgreens has a network of more than 27,000 immunization-trained pharmacists, nurse practitioners and others experienced in administering flu shots and other vaccines.
We've expanded our preventive care services for employees, spouses and dependents to also include these vaccinations:
- Flu (Influenza)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Hepatitis A (Hep A)
- Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B combination
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningitis (Meningococcal)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
- Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Td and DT (Tetanus and Diphtheria)
- Tdap (Whooping Cough)
- Yellow Fever
1 Walgreens Flu Impact Report. September 2011.
2 Molinari NAM, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Messonnier ML, Thompson WW, Wortley PM, Weintraub E, et al. The Annual Impact of Seasonal Influenza in the US: Measuring Disease Burden and Costs. Vaccine 2007;25(27):5086-96.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009; 58(RR-08): 1-52.
4 Walgreens Flu Impact Report. September 2011.
5 A joint study between the Walgreens Consumer Research Team and Corporate Communications conducted in September 2011.
Immunization Program Q&A
Q: Why should I partner with Walgreens?
A: Our immunization-trained experts can administer vaccinations at your workplace or your employees can visit any participating Walgreens pharmacy.
Healthcare professionals know and trust Walgreens' high-quality, personalized patient experience. In a 2011 customer survey, 97 percent of Walgreens customers surveyed reported "high satisfaction" with our vaccination service citing our professionalism, friendliness and knowledge.
In addition, we'll help you to schedule your on-site vaccination event with our online scheduler and promote your event with easy-to-customize fliers.
Q. How much will flu shots and other vaccines cost?
A. The pricing is dependent on many variables including number of employees and insurance plans. Walgreens does accept most insurance plans. If you have Medicare Part B, you'll have no out-of-pocket cost.* Please submit our contact form and a Walgreens representative will contact you with more detailed information for your business.
Q: Will my doctor be notified if I get a flu shot at Walgreens so I can keep my medical records in one place?
A: We're happy to send your doctor a copy of your immunization record. Just let us know.
Q: Does Walgreens accept insurance for flu shots?
A: Yes. Walgreens accepts most insurance plans and the usual co-pay applies. If you have Medicare Part B, you'll have no out-of-pocket cost.*
Q. Who should I contact at Walgreens about setting up an on-site vaccination program?
A: Please submit our contact form on the Walgreens Immunization Solutions page. An account representative will contact you within two business days regarding the program details and to answer any questions you may have.
*Usual co-pay applies.
Flu Shot Q&A
Q: When is flu season? When is the best time to vaccinate my employees?
A: The flu season is unpredictable and can last from October through to April with peaks generally in December, January and February.
Due to this unpredictability, the CDC suggests getting a flu shot as soon as they become available and prior to the start of the flu season, typically August. Walgreens offers flu shots throughout the year and are available for scheduling at your earliest convenience.
Q: How often is a flu shot recommended?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone over six months as the best way to protect against influenza. Additionally, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available every season in order to be fully-protected against influenza.
The CDC recommendations remain during seasons when there are no changes to flu vaccine. Even if you received a flu vaccine last season, a person's immune protection from vaccination declines over the course of a year, particularly in the elderly, and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. Any decline in protection could leave people more vulnerable to infection, illness and possibly sever e complications from the same flu viruses a year after being vaccinated.
Q: How do flu shots work?
A: Flu shots use inactivated (not live) viruses and are designed to provoke the immune system to attack antigens found on the surface of the virus. (Antigens are foreign molecules that the immune system specifically recognizes as alien and targets for attack.)
The nasal spray-type flu vaccine uses a live, weakened virus instead of a dead one like the flu shot. The vaccine helps support the specific immune factors in the mucous membranes of the nose that fight off the actual viral infections.
Q: Will a flu shot protect me from getting a cold?
A: According to the CDC, the flu vaccine does not provide protection against non-flu viruses that can cause colds and other respiratory illnesses.
Q: The flu vaccine protects against which types of flu?
A. Each season, flu vaccine is manufactured to protect against the three viruses or flu strains that research suggests will be most prevalent.
Q: After I get a flu shot, how long does it typically take to become fully protected?
A: The vaccine takes approximately two weeks to protect against prevalent flu strains.
Q: What vaccines can be administered?
A: Injectable flu vaccine, nasal mist flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccination and many other vaccinations. For a complete list of vaccinations provided in your area, submit our contact form and a Walgreens representative will contact you for more details.