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Walgreens Again Providing Flu Shot Vouchers for Uninsured/Underinsured Americans

September 5, 2014

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Walgreens Again Providing Flu Shot Vouchers for Uninsured/Underinsured Americans

For the fifth consecutive year, Walgreens is offering more than $10 million worth of flu shot vouchers free to those without health insurance coverage for a flu shot and individuals unable to afford one without the voucher. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is again assisting in the voucher distribution effort to help improve flu immunization rates across the country.

Each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Duane Reade pharmacies in New York and Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, and are subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher.

“Since 2010, more than half a million individuals have received flu shots through this innovative partnership,” said J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. “In the face of persistent disparities in seasonal flu vaccination coverage – especially among adults – this initiative reflects our ongoing commitment to expanding access to important preventive services for minority and underserved communities.”

Dr. Gracia, while promoting the voucher program today during the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival, also received her flu shot from a Walgreens pharmacist.

Individuals who are eligible can call 1-800-925-4733 to find the nearest Walgreens location with flu shot vouchers available, as availability is on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

“Our ongoing collaboration with HHS has enabled Walgreens to provide free access to flu vaccine to people in need while improving immunization rates in underserved communities across the U.S.,” said Brad Wasson, Walgreens group vice president, pharmacy health and wellness. “This program is one of the ways in which we’re responding to the needs of the communities we serve, and also helping to address the access challenges of our health care system. Following another severe flu season, we aim to help more people get, stay and live well throughout the season with the help of the voucher program.”

The flu shot voucher collaboration between Walgreens and HHS has provided more than 1 million vouchers since the program’s inception in 2010.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,217 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that manages more than 400 in-store convenient care clinics throughout the country.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. To find out more HHS and the services it provides, please visit: www.hhs.gov

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