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New York City Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Receive Flu Shot at Duane Reade Pharmacy, Highlight Importance of Flu Preparedness
Date:10/29/2011

errupted by flu-related illness, as the Walgreens Flu Impact Report suggests. The findings in the survey examining the effects of influenza on people's everyday lives show how the flu affected Americans' vacations, holidays, social engagements, sporting events and more.

Last flu season, based on survey projections, millions of life's special events may have been impacted, including:

  • more than 600,000 graduations missed
  • more than 1 million weddings not attended
  • more than 3 million vacations canceled or interrupted
  • nearly 5 million holiday celebrations missed
  • more than 5 million sporting events missed

The Walgreens survey was fielded Sept. 1-8, 2011, to a Vision Critical Springboard America panel to a nationally representative sample of 1,200 Americans age 18 or over. Flu Impact Report results were weighted on key demographics to allow projection of results to the entire U.S. adult population. Results are based on self-reported instances of the flu and flu-like symptoms. Projections incorporate the latest data available for average compensation and hours worked from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, population data and projections from the United States Census and compared against beta Flu Work Loss models developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,779 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effect
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