FamilyWize, Walgreens, and United Way Collaborate to Encourage Preventive Measures to Protect Against Influenza

Flu shots vouchers donated by Walgreens and the Department of Health and Human Services provided at United as One Fall Community Festival at Zavala Elementary on Sat., Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – [MONTH, DATE], 2017—FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens, the Department of Health and Human Services, and United Way, are providing a series of community health clinic events at no-cost to make flu vaccination more accessible in underserved communities throughout the country. These organizations are working together to help deliver flu shots for uninsured and underinsured residents, and encourage preventive measures heading into the winter months and the peak of flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older to help protect against the seasonal flu epidemic. December through March is peak season for flu activity and individuals are urged to take preventative measures to keep themselves and those around them healthy.

From [starting time] to [ending time] on [date] at [location], Walgreens will be administering no-cost flu shots for all those who qualify for a flu shot voucher. The vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last and are provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program that helps to make flu shots available to those without health insurance coverage or are unable to afford a flu shot.

In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:

  1. Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible with soap and water. If soap is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  1. Stay Home: Avoid leaving your home for school, work, and errands when you are sick. Experts recommend you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  1. Avoid Close Contact: Do your best to avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid close contact with others when you are sick.
  1. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth: Viruses often spread when a person touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth after exposure to the virus. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  1. Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with germs.

“At FamilyWize, we care about Americans affording what they need to stay healthy. Whether it’s prescription medications or preventative vaccines, our mission is to support the communities we serve and make a happy, healthy life accessible,” said Joseph Sanginiti, President and CEO of FamilyWize.

For individuals affected by the flu and prescribed to antiviral drugs, visit www.familywize.org or download the app to find out how you can save on average 43 percent on your prescription medications.

ABOUT FAMILYWIZE

Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped over 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription drugs which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations. To join FamilyWize, download our app at https://familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your-free-card/.

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PRESS CONTACT: Kathy McConnell, Senior Account Executive, Gregory FCA, 610-228-2149

COMPANY CONTACT: Mike Carollo, Director of Marketing, FamilyWize, 215-805-4941