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Sam’s Club Joins Walmart to Offer Ten Immunizations in 4,352 Pharmacies

Free blood pressure screenings today (Sept. 15) in all Walmart stores offering immunizations; also on Sept. 22 and 29

click for more about shingles - MedlinePlusSept. 10, 2012 – Sam’s Club announced it is joining Walmart to offer 10 vital immunizations this cold and flu season at all 552 Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy, which will open to the public. In partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics, Walmart and Sam’s Club are offering a menu of 10 immunizations by registered nurses through November 15, including shingles, flu and pneumonia. The program began Aug. 27 at the 3,800 Walmarts with pharmacies.

Flu shots are available for $25. Based on the World Health Organization’s recommendations, this year’s flu shot will protect against the H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus strains.


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“We are making it easy and affordable for our customers to receive their vaccinations – while on their normal shopping trips they can simply stop by immunization events, which will accept thousands of insurance plans and offer low price options for our cash paying customers,” said John Agwunobi, M.D., president of Walmart U.S. Health and Wellness.

Medicare covers the cost of flu and pneumonia shots but all Medicare patients are not covered for the shingles vaccine.

Walmart reports it is the first national retailer to use registered nurses to administer in-store vaccinations across all store locations. By using Mollen Immunization Clinics’ nurse network, Walmart will offer immunizations to anyone three years and older based on CDC and FDA guidelines.

Walmart is also partnering with Mollen to provide free blood pressure screenings at all immunization events in Walmart stores on Sept. 15, 22 and 29.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many adults are not up-to-date with recommended life-saving immunizations. Vaccinations may not be top-of-mind while the weather is still warm, but they are a critical part of public health, especially in light of recent outbreaks of whooping cough and shingles,” added Dr. Agwunobi.

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You never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against: flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, shingles, pneumococcal, HPV, etc.

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A new survey from Sam’s Club reveals that more than two thirds of Americans are unaware of the availability of CDC-recommended vaccines other than the flu shot.

This lack of awareness is evidenced in the vaccinations that Americans report they have personally received. While a majority has received a flu shot (62 percent) or Tdap (59 percent), the vast majority of Americans do not report receiving any of the other CDC-recommended vaccines in their lifetimes.

 “Under-vaccinated communities can face a greater risk of local outbreaks of disease, and the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule for adults is a great reference to ensure that our communities stay healthy,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of Sam’s Club health and wellness.

“By offering the CDC’s recommended vaccines this year, Sam’s Club pharmacies continue to help our communities live healthy at a remarkable value.”

Anyone can go online to schedule in advance at or walk into the pharmacy when shopping for other items.

Specific immunization offerings include:

     ● Flu (influenza) – offered at all locations with a pharmacy

     ● Pneumonia (pneumococcal) – offered at all locations with a pharmacy

     ● Chickenpox (varicella) – new for 2012

     ● Shingles (herpes zoster) – new for 2012

     ● Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) (Tdap)

     ● HPV (human papillomavirus)

     ● MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

     ● Meningitis (meningococcal)

     ● Hepatitis A

     ● Hepatitis B

Licensed professional pharmacists will be available at both retailers with “preventative health and wellness solutions, free monthly health and wellness screenings, one-on-one smoking cessation counseling and low prices on the medications patients need.”

     ● For details on specific immunization offerings at Walmart by store, and to make an appointment, visit

     ● For more information about immunizations available to Sam’s Club members and the public, visit

About Walmart - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,300 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. Additional information can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

About Sam’s Club - Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico.

About Mollen Immunization Clinics - Mollen enables its customers to deliver and access healthcare services in the most convenient and cost-effective ways possible. Mollen reports to be the largest independent mass immunizer in the country. Learn more at

About the Survey - On behalf of Sam’s Club, Toluna PLC conducted the survey in the U.S. online during August 2012. The survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,023 U.S. adults age 18 and older. This survey was made possible through funding provided by Sam’s Club.

Information about all of Sam’s Club’s health and wellness offerings can also be found in its bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple.

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