Specially-trained pharmacists help prepare international travelers headed to India, China, Brazil, Aruba and Saudi Arabia as well as other global destinations
DEERFIELD, Ill., April 21, 2014 - Further expanding the scope of convenient, preventive health care services provided by its community pharmacists, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations1, to support nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents outside the country2.
Appointments are available with pharmacists specially trained in travel health, who can advise patients traveling abroad on required or recommended immunizations, prescription refills and over-the-counter medications, and destination-specific information including any known health or safety risks. Walgreens specially trained pharmacists can also administer CDC-recommended travel immunizations such as yellow fever, typhoid and polio vaccines3.
Travel immunizations are widely available at more than 5,000 Walgreens stores in 41 states. Full travel consultations, which can include immunizations and other services, are currently offered at 1,500 locations.
“Our pharmacists frequently interact with patients as they plan travel, and this is another way we can provide personalized services to help them best prepare and stay well while abroad,” said Jack Cantlin, Walgreens divisional vice president, retail clinical services. “In addition to immunizations, there’s a lot of pertinent health information people need when traveling to other parts of the world. By expanding our travel health services and spending more time with patients, Walgreens can serve as a convenient resource for all international travel needs.”
Walgreens travel health consultations are private appointments tailored to each individual’s personal medical history, travel destination and other informational needs. Consultations include travel itinerary review and recommendations on immunizations, prescriptions refills and over-the-counter medications. Patients can select between a 15-minute consultation or the 30-minute consultation inclusive of immunization and medication refill recommendations, a personalized travel health report and development of reference and vaccination documentation required for travel in a number of countries. Prices for consultations vary and start at $19.99.
Travelers can also schedule an appointment for travel immunization only. Walgreens suite of travel immunizations includes:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Yellow fever
To find the nearest Walgreens offering travel health immunizations and services, visit www.walgreens.com/travelhealth, or call 1-877-W-and-YOU (1-877-926-3968).
Travel health consultations and immunizations are available at select stores during pharmacy hours with a scheduled appointment. Pharmacists use published travel guidelines that are updated daily to provide travel health information.
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, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory 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 8,209 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.
1 Available for customers 18 years and older
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Health Information for International Travel 2014. New York; Oxford University Press; 2014.
3 Vaccines subject to availability. Age, state and health related restrictions may apply