|[July 16, 2012]
Back to School Happy and Healthy: Think Walgreens to Tackle School Supply Lists and Help Ensure Children are Up-to-Date on Required Vaccinations and Physicals
DEERFIELD, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
As one in three consumers say they plan to start back-to-school shopping
in July1, parents can think Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ:
WAG) for supplies, school physicals and immunizations as more states
require certain immunizations before the start of the school year.
"Walgreens is a convenient and affordable shopping destination for more
than the school supply list," said Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of
operations and community management. "On top of must-have items
including binders, lunchtime snacks and even tech gear, our locations
offer important health services, great for parents short on time, to
help ensure their children are up-to-date on vaccines and physicals
before the first school bell rings."
Immunizations-trained Walgreens pharmacists in select states are able to
administer a number of CDC-recommended immunizations. Take Care Health
Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens and the nation's largest
and most comprehensive manager of convenient care clinics and worksite
health and wellness centers, offer back-to-school and sports physicals
as well as immunizations at Take Care Clinics nationwide. The physicals
are administered by board certified nurse practitioners and physician
assistants and are available for $39 through September 30, 2012.
Students in select states are required to receive certain immunizations
to prevent against meningitis, a serious bacterial illness
(meningococcal vaccine), and whooping cough, a highly-contagious
respiratory infection (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine).
Department of Health, school and college mandates for both vaccines
exist in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho,
Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada,
Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Immunizations are available daily with no appointment necessary at
select Walgreens and Tak Care Clinic locations
Vaccines may be covered by insurance plans. Patients are encouraged to
check with their insurance provider for coverage details.
Back-to-school and sports physicals conducted at Take Care Clinics are a
holistic exam of the physical and mental well-being of a student. During
the physical, a Take Care Health provider will assess a student's
height, weight, body mass index, vision and other information while also
providing counseling on certain immunizations and anticipatory guidance
to parents regarding their child's health. State requirements for
back-to-school physicals vary. Parents and guardians can talk to a
school official or a Take Care Health professional to discuss what's
appropriate for their child.
Take Care Clinics are professional health care centers located at more
than 360 select Walgreens drugstores across the country and offer
walk-in and appointment availability.
Board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants
treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses, offer
preventive services and are licensed to write prescriptions, when
necessary, that can be filled at the patient's pharmacy of choice.
Back to School Basics
From art supplies, themed notebooks and lunch containers, to crayons and
USB connector cables, Walgreens provides greater access and
affordability to items that can help students return to school prepared.
New this year, craft duct tape to provide students colorful ways to
personalize any book covers, folders and lunch boxes. With short lines
and ample parking, customers can shop with convenience.
Prominent display of school supply lists for area schools at most
locations plus in-store signage to help on-the-go shoppers easily and
quickly identify products by category
Variety of personal care items including vitamins for children,
toiletries and beauty products
Lunchtime snacks, granola bars and juice packs
To find out more about back-to-school supplies, immunizations and
physicals, visit walgreens.com/backtoschool.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to become America's first choice for health and daily living.
Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 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 7,907 drugstores in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 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 700 locations throughout the country.
1 PriceGrabber.com Back-to-School Shopping Survey 1 (May 22,
2012 - June 5, 2012)
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