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Walgreens Flu Shots / who gives flu shots?

1 CA, United States Review updated:

When did a drug store become a hospital? Why are pharmacist giving flu shots or shots of any kind? The dirty secret is because Walgreens makes so much money on the flu shots. They charge $30 when it only cost them a few dollars. That is more than a $25 profit. It all comes down to MONEY! The pharmacists are forced to do this otherwise they will lose their jobs. They take a ONE DAY class and then they practice on each other. And now they are ready to give shots? I can't believe the drop in professionalism but I guess any can poke a needle into your arm after one day of class. In fact, drug addicts are much better at it than anyone.

The pharmasists are disgruntled but what can they do. They are doing so many things and to give shots on top of it. There is no real area set up to do this and with the running around there is a possibiltiy that things can get contaminated.

They should have a professional nurse focussed on administering the shots and explaining all the details. They can also answer any questions and not rush to do other things. That is the proper way.

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  • Po
      25th of Sep, 2010
    0 Votes

    If you don't want to get your shots there then don't. There are far more places than just Walgreens that give flu shots (ie: Target).

  • Tr
      17th of Oct, 2010
    0 Votes

    Walgreen's does make money on their flu shots but so does everyone else, if they didn't none of them would still be in business. But you aren't looking at the bigger picture, when you get your flu shot at Walgreen's you get back a $3 register reward to use towards your purchase, when you use that register reward another one will print for $5 more. So in turn you are really getting the flu shot for $21.99. And Walgreen's only profits $20 of the $29.99 before you get those register rewards, so basically they are making $12 off of you. Now I know if you were to go anywhere else there are around $25 as well but you don't get anything in return. Another thing to look at too is if you have insurance that pays for the shot. Your insurance pays the $29.99 but you still get the $3 and $5 register reward from it so does that mean you should send your insurance company those two register rewards and not use them?

    And really who said the pharmacist only has a one day class to give you a flu shot? And drug addicts can do it better? Well your pharmacist is already starting out with more knowledge than just to give a flu shot or he/she wouldn't be filling your medicine which could help you or hurt you. So you are telling me you trust your pharmacist to give you medicine that you are taking long term or at least for more than a day but you don't trust them to give you a flu shot that even a drug addict could give??? I don't think you were thinking too hard on this complaint.

  • Ki
      23rd of Oct, 2010
    0 Votes

    Dude. Don't get your flu shot at Walgreens then.

    For what it's worth, it's not hard to give a flu shot. Fill the syringe to .5ml, stick it in a thick muscle, there you go.

    FYI- everyone who gives flu shots makes money off of them. If you get it done at a hospital, your insurance pays the hospital. Dur.

    Get over yourself.

  • Ar
      24th of Nov, 2010
    -1 Votes

    You're an idiot. The Pharmacist administering your shot has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree...which far exceeds the education of an entry level nurse (no disrespect intended). The "one day class" to which you refer is simply the state requirement for this specific certification (in addition to BLS and OSHA certifications). It's one day because it's understood that Pharmacists already have the skill and education necessary to perform this riduculously simple task...it's simply a "refresher". Now, if your issue is that Walgreens is adding to the workload, while simultaneously decreasing technician hours and adding yet another distraction to an already "overly distracted" environment thereby increasing the risk of error simply for the sake of profit...you have a valid point; but, don't argue that point by questioning the qualifications of the Pharmacists.

  • Ih
      21st of Nov, 2011
    0 Votes

    So this CVS has to post two complaints to discredit her competition. If people want ###ing flue shots that is their decision. Who are you to tell them they cannot get flue shots at Walgreens. Also why are you making your competition look bad. If anything CVS is bad because an employee falesly accused me of sexual harassment and it cost me my job.

  • Ih
      21st of Nov, 2011
    0 Votes

    You have to write two reviews about the same thing. Why, you hope they look bad. Well the company you work for CVS (which is why you are making lies about your competition) is worse. They falsely accused me of sexual harassment which cost me my job. Every company is out to make money dummy, even the company you work for aka CVS.

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