Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) presented new data last week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012 National Immunization Conference, providing evidence of the company’s leadership in expanding access to immunizations and support of disease prevention in the United States. The studies demonstrate the impact of three Walgreens initiatives aimed at increasing immunization rates: off-clinic hour vaccine administration, a pharmacist-led meningitis vaccination program and expansion of access to immunization services in underserved areas.
The three studies examining these initiatives were:
“Walgreens continues to be committed to improving access to immunizations and ultimately preventing serious illness and disability,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness services and solutions. “Our network of more than 26,000 certified immunizing pharmacists provides us the ability to offer a wide range of CDC-recommended vaccinations when it’s most convenient for patients and in areas where access is a significant challenge. We believe our programs are vital to the health and wellness of the communities we operate in, and we are proud to be able to deliver this service.”
The 2012 National Immunization Conference took place online for the first time ever this year. During the three-day conference (March 26-28) participants, including scientists, policy experts and public health officials learned about innovative strategies for developing programs, policy and research to promote immunization coverage.
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 7,840 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.Business Wire
Last updated on: 03/04/2012
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