It's the beginning of flu season, and Walgreens has been sending out DM, hoping to convince recipients to get a flu shot at their stores instead of from a doctor. That's all good and well, but their approach was to send me a pre-populated form so that I wouldn't have to fill it out at the pharmacy.
My visceral reaction was to shred the document that included my personal information. In fact, I did so within a millisecond of seeing it: that's why you don't see it in the photos.
Rationally, I know that Walgreen's keeps all of my prescription information, including a history far more detailed than the one held by my primary physician. But I don't want to be reminded that Walgreens is storing that information in a massive database, analyzing it, mixing it with my purchase data and using it to sell me goods and services. Especially medical services.
All they've done with this DM is to reinforce the idea that I cannot truly trust them to safeguard my information or to use it wisely.
Here's the front of the mailer and a blank form. Click to see at full size.
P.S. Please, don't mistake this post as a criticism of getting a flu shot. With few exceptions, getting the shot is the right thing to do for your own health and the health of those around you. I got mine from my doctor, after a physical.