A more effective vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for healthy adults aged 50 years and over1
DEERFIELD, Ill., March 08, 2018 - Walgreens today announced that Shingrix®, the first new shingles vaccine in more than a decade, is now available at most Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies across the U.S., including Puerto Rico.2 Beginning March 15, the vaccine will also be available at all Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.
“Vaccination remains the best and only protection against the shingles virus,” said Tasha Polster, vice president, immunizations for Walgreens. “By adding Shingrix to our immunizations offering, we are even better equipped to care for our patients as we strive to keep our communities healthy.”
Healthy adults age 50 and older should receive two doses of Shingrix two to six months apart, even if they have previously received a shingles vaccine,3 have had shingles or if they are uncertain if they have previously had chickenpox.
Vaccinations are available during pharmacy and clinic hours while an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays, with no appointment necessary.4
For more information about Walgreens immunizations, please visit www.walgreens.com/immunizations.
Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.
1 According to the CDC, two doses of Shingrix is more than 90 percent effective at preventing shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html.
2 Due to state regulations, the Shingrix vaccine is currently not available at Walgreens pharmacies in Florida.
3 If a patient has recently received the Zostavax vaccine, they should wait at least eight weeks before receiving the Shingrix vaccine.
4 Subject to availability.