Life-saving vaccination effort with UN enters fifth year
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation have launched their annual “Get a Shot. Give a Shot” campaign to provide critical vaccines to people in developing countries.
The drug chain said Thursday that the “Get a Shot” program, now in its fifth year, has helped provide more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines via the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign.
Through Aug. 31, 2018, for each vaccination administered at Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics, Walgreens will donate the value of a life-saving vaccine through the [email protected] campaign.
The [email protected] program collaborates with many organizations and corporations to broaden support for childhood immunizations in developing countries against diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio.
“We are thrilled to be heading into our fifth year of partnership with Walgreens and the ‘Get a Shot. Give a Shot’ program,” Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the UN Foundation, said in a statement. “Families everywhere deserve the opportunity to keep their children safe from preventable diseases like measles and polio, and thanks to this program, Walgreens customers can help support the [email protected] campaign and ensure every child has a shot at a healthy life.”
Meanwhile, Walgreens is urging customers at its pharmacies and clinics to be prepared for flu season by getting a flu shot early.
The company said flu vaccines are now available on a walk-in basis at Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores and Healthcare Clinics during pharmacy and clinic hours when an immunizing health professional is on duty, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays.
“Each flu season is unpredictable, which is why a flu shot is the most important preventive measure to take to protect yourself and those around you throughout the flu season,” stated Richard Ashworth, president of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens.
Age restrictions for flu shots vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide vaccinations for patients age 2 and older, the company said.