CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic Ready for Upcoming Flu Season

Monday, July 26, 2010


- All CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide prepared to administer flu shots as soon as vaccine is available
- Consumer survey shows many still need to be educated on importance of getting a flu shot

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

The 2010 flu season will be upon us sooner than we think, which is why CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic today launched an informational campaign in its retail stores and clinics, as well as online at CVS.com and minuteclinic.com, to start educating consumers about what they need to know to protect themselves and their families during this upcoming flu season. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are divisions of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States.

 

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"Every CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic location across the country will be able to administer flu vaccinations this season," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "By combining unparalleled access with a comprehensive awareness campaign, we are working hard to do our part to ensure that all Americans are vaccinated this flu season."

This year, only one vaccine will be required for protection against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza, making flu prevention much easier. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending for the first time that anyone ages six months or older get a flu shot, an expansion from its previous recommendations that certain risk groups be vaccinated.

Beginning today, signs at all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations will remind consumers that an "all-in-one" flu shot will be available to protect them against the flu this year. CVS/pharmacy has more than 7,000 stores across the country and there are approximately 500 MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.

In addition, the websites www.cvs.com/flu and www.minuteclinic.com/flu have been updated with information about this year's "all-in-one" flu shot to protect against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza, details on the CDC's universal vaccination recommendation, tips for staying healthy during flu season and other educational/informational content.

In a consumer survey* conducted by CVS/pharmacy this spring, more than half (59%) of respondents said they are likely to get a flu shot in 2010, and more than one-third (37%) of those who did not get a flu shot in 2009 said they are more likely to get one this year.

While demand for flu shots is expected to be high in the coming season, not all consumers are getting the flu shot message. While nearly two-thirds of survey respondents are aware of the CDC's recommendation for a "universal" flu vaccination for anyone six months or older, only half of them said they are more likely to get a flu shot based on that recommendation.

"Our survey results demonstrate that while there is a high public awareness about flu, more work needs to be done to educate consumers on the importance of getting a flu shot every year," Brennan added.

CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will announce the complete details of its 2010 flu vaccination campaign within the next few weeks.

* CVS/pharmacy completed 3,113 interviews from April 1st to 5th, 2010.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation, is America's largest retail pharmacy with more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at www.cvscaremark.com.

About MinuteClinic

MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence, with approximately 500 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient needs, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than seven million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics. MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation (2006) and reaccreditation (2009) from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.

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