DEERFIELD, USA -- Further expanding the scope of convenient, preventive health care services provided by its community pharmacists, Walgreens is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations for customers 18 years and older, to support nearly 60 million annual planned trips by US residents outside the country.
Appointments are available with pharmacists specially trained in travel health, who can advise patients traveling abroad on required or recommended immunizations, prescription refills and over-the-counter medications, and destination-specific information including any known health or safety risks.
Walgreens’ specially trained pharmacists can also administer CDC-recommended travel immunizations such as yellow fever, typhoid and polio vaccines, subject to availability, and age, state and health related restrictions.
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 currently offered at 1,500 locations.
“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,” said Jack Cantlin, Walgreens divisional vice president, retail clinical services. “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 travel health consultations are private appointments tailored to each individual’s personal medical history, travel destination and other informational needs. Consultations include travel itinerary review and recommendations on immunizations, prescriptions refills and over-the-counter medications. Patients can select between a 15-minute consultation or the 30-minute consultation inclusive of immunization and medication refill recommendations, a personalized 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 suite of travel immunizations includes:
• Hepatitis A and B
• Japanese encephalitis
• Yellow fever