|[December 04, 2012]
Mayor Emanuel Celebrates Grand Opening of New Walgreens Flagship Store and Reminds Chicagoans about the Importance of Getting a Flu Vaccine
CHICAGO & DEERFIELD, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined representatives from Walgreens to celebrate
the grand opening of a new Walgreens flagship store in the
Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, taking the
opportunity to remind Chicagoans about the importance of getting a flu
shot this season.
"This new flagship Walgreens not only provides dozens of new jobs for
Chicagoans, it serves as an anchor for these neighborhoods and is
opening just in time to add to the City's flu prevention efforts this
season," said Mayor Emanuel. "It's important for people across the city
to take steps that keep them healthy. The City has launched an
interactive online tool to help Chicagoans find flu shot locations and
has crafted partnerships to provide additional opportunities for people
to get flu shots right in their own neighborhoods. The City is working
to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get a flu shot and maintain
their health this winter."
This week, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is teaming
with Walgreens and community partners across Chicago to remind
Chicagoans that "It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot" and launch the
Chicago Week, which runs through Saturday, December 8. During
Vaccinate Chicago Week, Chicagoans can find flu vaccine clinics right in
their neighborhoods - with many offering free flu shots.
"We're proud to welcome Mayor Emanuel to this great new location to
reinforce the need for prevention and protection from influenza," said
Kermit Crawford, Walgreens President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness.
"We continue to work together to develop new programs that bring our
pharmacists and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners into Chicago
communities, providing greater access to flu shots and other
immunizations. Initiatives like Vaccinate Chicago Week can go a long way
tward keeping Chicago healthy throughout the cold and flu season."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu
shot for everyone over the age of 6 months and recommends vaccination
every season in order to be fully protected against influenza. In
Illinois, pharmacists may administer the flu vaccine to individuals age
10 and older.
"The winter season brings an increased chance of getting the flu and we
encourage all Chicagoans to get a flu vaccination now to protect
themselves and stay healthy," said Chicago Public Health Commissioner
Bechara Choucair, M.D. "We've teamed with Walgreens and community
partners to make it as easy as possible to find a convenient location."
All Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics offer flu shots daily
with no appointment necessary. Flu shots are covered under Medicare Part
B as well as a majority of insurance plans.
Last month, the City teamed with local developers to launch a new
interactive online map that pinpoints flu shot clinics: www.CityOfChicago.org/Flu/Map. A
complete list of activities surrounding Vaccinate Chicago Week is
available at www.CityOfChicago.org/Health.
About The Bucktown/Wicker Park Walgreens Flagship Store
The new Walgreens flagship store is located within the historic Noel
State Bank building at the northwest corner of North and Damen Avenues
in the city's Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind
retail location preserves the stunning and historic building's original
This is Walgreens second flagship store in Chicago and, like its
downtown State and Randolph flagship location, features an extensive
collection of innovative offerings, products and services unexpected
from a drugstore.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 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 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 8,030 drugstores in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
About Walgreens Take Care Health Systems
Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens, is the
largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness
centers and convenient care clinics in the country. TCHS is comprised of
Take Care Consumer Solutions (www.takecarehealth.com).
Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select
Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Patient care at each of the
Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an
independently owned state professional corporation established in each
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