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Walgreens expands travel health services
April 21st, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has broadened its travel health services, including immunizations and consultations with specially trained pharmacists who can help international travelers prepare for trips to India, China, Brazil, Aruba and Saudi Arabia and other destinations.
Walgreens said Monday that travelers can meet with pharmacists for advice on required or recommended immunizations, prescription refills and over-the-counter medications, and destination-specific information, including any known health or safety risks.
The specially trained pharmacists can also administer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended travel vaccinations, such as yellow fever, typhoid and polio.
Currently, travel immunizations are widely available at more than 5,000 Walgreens stores in 41 states. Full travel consultations, which can include immunizations and other services, are now offered at 1,500 locations, according to Walgreens.
"Our pharmacists frequently interact with patients as they plan travel, and this is another way we can provide personalized services to help them best prepare and stay well while abroad," Jack Cantlin, divisional vice president for retail clinical services at Walgreens, said in a statement. "In addition to immunizations, there's a lot of pertinent health information people need when traveling to other parts of the world. By expanding our travel health services and spending more time with patients, Walgreens can serve as a convenient resource for all international travel needs."
Walgreens said its travel health consultations are private appointments tailored to each individual's medical history, travel destination and other informational needs. Consultations include travel itinerary review and recommendations on immunizations, prescriptions refills and OTC medications. Patients can select between a 15-minute consultation or a 30-minute consultation that includes vaccine and medication refill recommendations, a personal travel health report, and development of reference and vaccination documentation required for travel in a number of countries. Prices for consultations vary and start at $19.99.
Travelers can also schedule an appointment for travel immunization only. Walgreens' travel vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, polio, rabies, typhoid
and yellow fever.