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Walgreens to offer H1N1 vaccine at pharmacy locations

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2009

Looking to help fight against the spread of the H1N1 virus in the new decade, Walgreens has announced its 7,400 pharmacies and Take Care Clinics will begin offering the vaccination for the virus at a discounted price.

The cost of the vaccination will be $18 for consumers and covered under most health insurance plans, including Medicare, most forms of Medicaid, and other insurance providers as well. It will be available in every state that has lifted regulations that had initially given priority to age groups that were considered most susceptible to the disease.

At the moment, only Hawaii still has the priority restrictions still in place.

"The holidays can create ideal conditions for viruses to spread, which means those who haven't gotten a vaccination yet still have an important window of opportunity to protect themselves and their families from H1N1," said Dr. Allan Khoury, the chief medical officer of the retailer's Take Care Health Systems.

Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson said the decision to offer the vaccine was done in order to support the government's goal to protect the population from the virus while also attempting to prevent a third wave of the disease.

Being proactive in getting vaccinated may not only prevent one from coming down with the virus, but also may prevent any of the ailments that sometime come with the virus and could become more serious, leading to additional insurance costs and a possible rise in premiums.

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