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Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?

Thursday, October 13, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: flu shots, Walgreens, health news

Flu shots

(NaturalNews) Accounts are pouring in to NaturalNews that Walgreens customers feel they are being verbally harassed by Walgreens employees at the checkout counter over flu shots. Multiple accounts from NaturalNews readers describe aggressive verbal harassment by Walgreens employees who appear to be "over the top" in pushing flu shots, even onto pregnant women!

"I get my scripts filled at Walgreens so they know me real well at the one I go to," one reader told NaturalNews. "When I was pregnant they kept trying to push one on me and I kept refusing them."

Several readers who say they are Walgreens employees have also reported to NaturalNews -- and requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs -- that they were being rewarded with incentives or threatened with reprimands if they met a certain "goal" of pushing a certain number of customers into getting flu shots. "I have been told that I have to push the flu shot on my customers, arrange flu shot clinics at off-site locations and draw up flu shots to give to the customers," one person who claimed to be a Walgreens employee told NaturalNews. They added, "Please don't blame the employees who are asking about the flu shot, they are having their jobs threatened," indicating the existence of a feeling of intimidation by their employer.

"Another employee informed me that they do not receive bonuses but will receive write ups and threats if they forget to ask each customer who enters their stores if they want a flu shot," says blogger Aydan in Oak Park, California (http://aydansrecovery.blogspot.com/2010/10/v...).

"A Walgreen's employee who checked me out yesterday asked if I had gotten my flu shot," reports another NaturalNews reader. "I said no. She pressed me to get it. Then, she added that their entire staff was going to be rewarded with iPads when they met their quota."

CVS pharmacies also appear to be using employees to push flu shots: "I work for CVS and they are making us wear shirts that say get your flu shot today, and [they give a] 50 dollar bonus for whoever has the most sales. I hate my job..." says another NaturalNews reader.

Walgreens corporate claims no awareness of any of this

I called Walgreens media relations department to ask whether this pushing of flu shots onto customers was a corporate policy. There, I spoke with Robert Elfinger, a media relations representative for Walgreens. He said he was unaware of any corporate policy asking employees to verbally promote vaccines. He also stated he was unaware of any complaints from customers about Walgreens employees wanting people to get flu shots. So this is neither a denial nor a confirmation of anything; it just says that the Walgreens media relations department isn't aware of any of this.

Let's get 'em in the loop on this, shall we? A lot of people are not happy about how they are being treated at the Walgreens checkout counter. Some Walgreens stores are reportedly getting very aggressive with their pushing of vaccines onto customers, so we have decided to launch a public complaint campaign called Stop the Walgreens Flu Shot Harassment!

This campaign also encompasses CVS pharmacies, by the way (see below), which has its own special ways of pushing flu shot vaccines onto customers.

Lodge your complaint with Walgreens and CVS

Were you verbally bullied by a Walgreens employee over a flu shot? Did you feel uncomfortably pressured, or were you scowled at when you said NO to the flu shot?

Lodge a complaint with Walgreens!

Call their customer service line at: (800) 925-4733

Or file an online complaint through their contact form at:

You can also write Walgreens (as in sending a physical letter) at:
Walgreen Company Consumer Relations
1411 Lake Cook Rd, Mail Stop #L428
Deerfield, IL 60015

If you wish to lodge a complaint with CVS pharmacies about being bullied over flu shot marketing aggression, contact them here:

Call the CVS customer service line at: (800) 746-7287

File an online complaint with CVS through their contact form at:

Important tips for submitting complaints: Do not submit complaints to Walgreens from your work computer. Your own employer may track your internet usage and actually punish you for opposing vaccines! (Many employers receive kickbacks from vaccine retailers for "recruiting" their employees for flu shots. We'll be reporting more on that in the coming days.)

Also, remember that if you submit your email address to Walgreens, they will have your email and they might theoretically use it to email you things like flu shot special offers, for example. So I encourage people to use anonymous emails or "throwaway" email addresses acquired through services such as Hotmail or Yahoo.

Why do people go to Walgreens in the first place

Of course, the best way to protest all this is to just don't go to Walgreens or CVS. Don't give 'em your business and maybe they won't keep cropping up on every street corner like Big Pharma superweeds.

The only reason these companies are so aggressive at pushing flu shots is because it makes them money. The business of selling flu shots is very, very profitable, and this is especially so when the CDC and the WHO conspire with the drug companies to scare up another fabricated story about some deadly new pandemic that they claim is going to kill us all. (Yeah, a pandemic eventually will be found that really threatens humanity, but I'm convinced vaccines will themselves be used as the carrier for this disease -- all by design! I'll be reporting more on that in a few days...)

What's wrong with flu shots anyway?

Flu shots kill children. They maim little kids for life. They cause chronic neurological disorders. Even the Finnish government has openly admitted that flu shots cause these problems (https://www.naturalnews.com/033816_swine_flu_...). The U.S. government admits it, too, through payouts of its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

At the same time flu shots cause serious damage or even death to those who receive them, flu shots don't even work to prevent the flu! They are based on outright scientific fraud and are never tested in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study before they are unleashed upon the public. When Walgreens sells flu shots, it is selling an experimental drug that has never been proven safe according to any truly honest scientific standard.

Flu shots don't even work on 99 out of 100 people

Even if you believe the pharmaceutical industry, flu shots don't work on 99 out of 100 people (https://www.naturalnews.com/029641_vaccines_j...). Even the Institute of Medicine, which is a pro-vaccine group funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security, had to admit that MMR vaccines contain live measles viruses and actually cause measles! (https://www.naturalnews.com/033447_Institute_...)

The vaccine industry is absolutely terrified of the idea of testing vaccinated versus non-vaccinated children, because it knows the results would show non-vaccinated children to be far healthier. A new study just published in the Journal of Natural Food and Health shows this to be the case, in fact: vaccinated children have 200% to 500% more disease than unvaccinated children!

Read it yourself at:

Vaccines generate repeat business for pharmacies and drug companies

Vaccines, in other words, cause chronic degenerative disease. Of course, that's great for Walgreens profits, as today's little kids who are damaged by vaccines become tomorrow's adult customers who visit the pharmacy to buy monopoly-priced prescription medications to "treat" the very same conditions that were actually brought on by vaccines in the first place. And wouldn't you know it, both Walgreens and the vaccine manufacturer are given complete indemnity against vaccine injuries thanks to the federal government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which is a "hush money" scam designed to pay off the parents of children who are maimed, injured or even killed by vaccines (making sure they don't have the right to bring their cases to real courts, you see). (https://www.naturalnews.com/033635_vaccine_in...)

Beyond all this, even if you somehow think vaccines actually work, vitamin D works far better at preventing colds and influenza infections. I take 10,000 IUs of vitamin D a day. I get absolutely no vaccine shots and take no medications. And yet I hardly ever get sick. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe it's because I don't poison myself with vaccines and toxic pharmaceuticals.

Flu shot fraud

Flu shots are the snake oil of our modern age, and flu shot promoters are quacks and hucksters who must by now fully realize they are killing little children (but they don't seem to care as long as they keep making money from it all).

The CDC is complicit in all this, of course, as the supreme pandemic disease mongering organization. The CDC was once led by Julie Gerberding who pushed hard to exaggerate the great swine flu scare over the last few years. She was rewarded with a very high-paying job as the president of Merck's international vaccine division, where she now works. Coincidence? Not hardly. (https://www.naturalnews.com/027789_Dr_Julie_G...)

One of the top CDC scientists who worked under Gerberding, by the way, has been indicted for fraud by a federal grand jury. His name is Poul Thorsen, and he allegedly used vaccine research grant money to buy luxuries for himself (https://www.naturalnews.com/032216_Thorsen_fr...). This all ties in to the CDC, the pro-vaccine university system, the corrupt medical journals and much more. We've published a full chart detailing all the links at:

A legacy of dead children and crimes against humanity

It is unknown, of course, how many children have been murdered or maimed by the vaccine industry. We do know that Pfizer conducted illegal and deadly medical experiments on children in Nigeria (https://www.naturalnews.com/023654.html). We know that the grandfather of the vaccine industry, Dr. Jonas Salk, was an unindicted medical criminal who engaged in heinous crimes against humanity (https://www.naturalnews.com/031564_Jonas_Salk...). We know that Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a top Merck vaccine scientist, openly admitted that vaccines contain "cancer causing viruses" and up to 40 mystery strains of viruses that were never identified (https://www.naturalnews.com/033584_Dr_Maurice...).

Watch this astonishing video to hear him openly admit that vaccines contain cancer-causing viruses (and then hear his colleagues laugh out loud because they think it's so hilarious):

We also know that even as children keep dying from vaccines, companies like Walgreens are happy to keep selling vaccines. And these popular pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS drape their vaccine promotions in the symbolism of compassion and health, with little hearts and smiley faces, to imply that vaccines are good for you. What they're really good for, though, is Walgreens corporate profits. About 30 percent of a vaccine's price is pure profit, meaning that Walgreens profits roughly $10 from each vaccine sold.

Almost everybody knows the health care industry today has devolved into nothing more than a greed fest. Most people have figured out by now that the cancer industry doesn't really want to cure your cancer. The diabetes industry isn't really interested in curing your diabetes. Pharmacies sell products that, for the most part, simply don't work to prevent or cure any disease at all. The vaccine industry, like any other industry, wants repeat business, and that's exactly why vaccines have been found to contain live viruses that actually cause the very infectious diseases they claim to prevent.

Have you ever wondered why nearly every measles outbreak reported across the country mostly hits the kids who were already vaccinated against measles? Meanwhile, the unvaccinated kids are usually just fine, suffering no measles infections.

The mainstream media, of course, then blames the unvaccinated kids for the outbreak, not even bothering to report that nearly all the stricken kids were the vaccinated kids!

Vaccines are a hoax, my friends. They are founded on fraud. They are deadly poisons backed by nothing more than corporate-funded hucksterism sold as "science." But it isn't science. It's just for-profit propaganda. And if you're tired of this propaganda being pushed on you, stop spending your hard-earned dollars at retail establishments that promote and sell vaccines.

Boycott Walgreens. Boycott CVS. Boycott the Safeway stores with pharmacies inside. Boycott the Wal-Marts. Send a message with your own purchases that you will not economically enrich those corporations engaged in selling products that maim and kill little children. And avoid vaccines yourself, too. After all, if you really want to survive the next real pandemic, you'll need a healthy immune system that can function on its own, not one that has been weakened year after year with injections of chemical adjuvants such as aluminum, which is found in the vast majority of vaccines sold in America today.

Share this story with others so they, too, can join in filing complaints against Walgreens and CVS pharmacies about the way they aggressively push flu shots onto customers. Or just boycott these stores altogether and shop somewhere else.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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