The Justice Department today announced a settlement agreement with Walgreen Company (Walgreens), a national retail store and pharmacy chain. The settlement agreement resolves a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that alleges that at a Las Vegas, Nevada, pharmacy Walgreens refused to give a customer an influenza vaccination (flu shot) because he has a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) diagnosis.

Under the agreement, Walgreens will ensure its annual immunization policy training of pharmacists covers nondiscrimination and the importance of a flu shot for individuals living with HIV. In addition, Walgreens will pay $24,000 in damages to the complainant and a $15,000 civil penalty. People who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, including those with HIV or AIDS, are at high risk of serious flu-related complications and are recommended to be among the first populations who should seek out flu vaccinations.

For more information about the ADA, HIV discrimination, and this settlement, visit Those interested in finding out more about the obligations of healthcare providers under the ADA may call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TDD 800-514-0383) or access the ADA website at