WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept 23, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- CVS/pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will offer flu vaccinations in more than 3,500 stores across the country. The clinics will begin on Saturday, October 1 and last through late November. For dates, times and specific locations, customers should call 1-800-SHOP-CVS and choose option #1, or visit http://www.CVS.com's Store Finder to locate a CVS/pharmacy flu clinic in their area.
"Our annual flu clinics are part of our role as a health care provider to help our customers stay healthy," said Jon Roberts, R.Ph., Senior Vice President of Store Operations at CVS/pharmacy. "We encourage people to stop by their local CVS/pharmacy during a scheduled clinic to get their shot before the flu season peaks this winter."
CVS/pharmacy flu clinics will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the administration of flu shots and give priority to the following high-risk groups until October 23: people over the age of 65, residents in long-term care facilities, people with chronic health conditions, women who are pregnant, health care personnel who provide direct patient care, and household and out-of-home caregivers of children under 6 months old.
Influenza vaccinations are especially important for adults who have chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, including asthma, and adults who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the past year due to chronic metabolic diseases, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders or immune system problems.
The cost of a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy will vary depending on the location of the clinic. Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available at most locations. Vaccines for Medicare Part B patients who present their Medicare Card will be available at no charge, provided they have not assigned their Medicare benefits to an HMO.