“We remind companies that if their employees become ill with the flu, it impacts workflow.” Having healthy employees “reduces the number of sick days and time off for doctors’ visits.” said Moose. Moose Pharmacy will go on site to administer flu shots; in addition, the Pharmacy will set up flu immunization booths at county and state fairs. Every year, “we see a direct relation between our promotion program and the number of patients who get the flu vaccine,” said Moose proudly.
Walgreens, too, has an aggressive immunization program. “Flu shots are available during all pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends, and holidays,” said Emily Hartwig-Mekstan, Media Relations Manager.
“No appointment is necessary. The flu shot is widely covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide vaccinations for patients aged 2 and older,” said Hartwig-Mekstan.
“Walgreens points of care offer a number of vaccine options that may include trivalent flu vaccine, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those older than age 65, and a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza. We encourage all patients to consult with the pharmacist to determine what works best for them,” said Hartwig-Mekstan.
If a patient presents to the pharmacy already showing symptoms of the flu, “we would encourage the patient to visit their physician or one of our Healthcare Clinic locations to determine treatment options,” Hartwig-Mekstan concluded.