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City of Dallas and Walgreens Team up to Help Make Flu Shots Available to Uninsured and Underinsured Area Residents
City of Dallas and Walgreens Team up to Help Make Flu Shots Available to Uninsured and Underinsured Area Residents

Councilwoman Monica R. Alonzo Receives Seasonal Flu Shot at Dallas City Hall

(DALLAS - Sept. 12, 2012) -Beginning on Sept. 19, Walgreens will help make flu shots available at no cost to uninsured and underinsured Dallas-area residents through a collaborative program with the City of Dallas. In support of the Stop the Flu! Day initiative, Dallas Councilwoman Monica R. Alonzo will receive her annual flu shot administered by a Walgreens pharmacist.

This fall, 12 area Walgreens locations will offer the flu vaccine while supplies last to the more than 31 percent of uninsured or underinsured Dallas County residents.* The Stop the Flu! Program is a continuation of Walgreens ongoing health and wellness initiatives and efforts to better the health of communities through higher immunization rates. Last year, Walgreens provided $10 million in free flu shots to Americans without health insurance or those who did not have flu shots as a covered benefit. 

Local officials as well as departments contributed to the Stop the Flu! day initiative in Dallas, including Councilwoman Monica R. Alonzo. The City of Dallas, Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Health will all contribute to the distribution of the no-cost flu shots.  Walgreens has more than 700 pharmacists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who are clinically trained and certified to administer flu shots and other immunizations.  No appointment is necessary and vaccines are available during regular pharmacy hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of six months and recommends vaccination every season in order to be fully protected against influenza. The flu is especially dangerous to at-risk populations, including those with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, those with weakened immune systems, adults over the age of 65, healthcare workers and childcare providers. Flu shots are covered under Medicare Part B as well as most insurance plans. All Walgreens pharmacies also offer Fluzone HD, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65 and other qualified individuals, as well as Fluzone Intradermal, a shot administered with a smaller needle than the regular flu shot that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle.

WHO:    Councilwoman Monica R. Alonzo, Dallas County Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services and Walgreens representatives
WHAT:  Sept.19, 2012, as part of Walgreens Stop the Flu! Day event; Councilwoman Alonzo and others will receive a flu shot from a Walgreens pharmacist
WHEN:  Wednesday, Sept.19, 2012 at 8:30a.m.
WHERE: Main Lobby of Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, Texas 75201

ADDITIONAL FLU SHOTS LOCATIONS: 

Monday, September 24th 

K.B. Polk Recreation Center - 6801 Roper Street, Dallas, Tx. 75209. From 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Brady Center - 4009 Elm St. from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Bachman Recreation Center - 2750 Bachman Dr. from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25th

Wesley Ranking Center - 3226 N. Winnetka from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tommie Allen Recreation Center - 7071 Bonnie View Rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Singing Hills Recreation Center - 1909 Crouch Rd. from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Thursday, September 27th 

Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center - 12225 Willowdell Dr. from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Lochwood Library - 11221 Lochwood Blvd. from 11:00 am to 1:00p.m.
Audelia Road Branch Library - 10045 Audelia Rd. from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.