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'Get a shot' initiative saves lives.

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Earlier this year, Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation announced the launch of the 2016 "Get a Shot. Give a Shot." campaign, a collaboration now in its fourth year, which aims to help provide lifesaving vaccines to children in developing countries.

For every flu shot or other immunization administered at Walgreens pharmacies through August 31, 2017, Healthcare Clinics, or Duane Reade pharmacies, Walgreens will donate the value of a lifesaving vaccine through the Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

With the support of its customers, the campaign, according to Walgreens, has helped to provide more than 15 million polio and measles vaccines since the program's inception in 2013. Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing lifesaving vaccines where they are most needed through the UN and other partners.

"'Get a Shot. Give a Shot.' creates a unique opportunity for our customers to play an active role in helping to protect millions of children from vaccine preventable diseases," said Alex Gourlay, Walgreen Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer. "This campaign is one of the many ways in which we're helping to improve immunization rates among targeted populations, both here in the U.S. and across the globe. It's gratifying to see the impact Walgreens and its customers are making to champion everyone's right to be happy and healthy."

According to the UN Foundation, one in five children worldwide lack access to lifesaving immunizations, and a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly reducing cases of measles and polio.

"Families everywhere deserve the opportunity to keep their children safe from preventable diseases like measles and polio. 'Get a Shot. Give a Shot.' gives Walgreens customers a chance to support the health and well-being of children around the world while taking care of their own health needs," said Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the UN Foundation. "At the UN Foundation we believe every child deserves a shot at a healthy life. Walgreens' support of the Shot@Life campaign is an important part of making that vision a reality."

Walgreens locations in most states offer a wide range of 17 vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control--subject to availability--including those to protect against influenza, shingles, pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, hepatitis and other diseases. Vaccinations are available during all pharmacy and Healthcare Clinic hours, including nights, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays, with no appointment necessary.

The UN Foundation's Shot@ Life campaign collaborates with many organizations and corporations to broaden American support for childhood immunizations in developing countries against diseases such as pneumonia, measles and polio. Together, these partners are working with Shot@Life to benefit UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other implementing partners to save lives and improve the health of millions of children around the world through lifesaving vaccines.

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Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older.

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Title Annotation:SPECIAL SECTION: Walgreens Retail Transformation
Publication:Chain Drug Review
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Date:Dec 12, 2016
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