CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic Remind Families about the Importance of Getting
Their Flu Shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week
- CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic provide flu shots every day in all locations
with no appointment needed
- Company is partnering with the CDC and the NFL Retired Players Association
to promote the importance of getting vaccinated this flu season
- NFL Hall of Famer Carl Eller receives flu shot at CVS/pharmacy to kick off
National Influenza Vaccination Week
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 3, 2012
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --As the U.S. enters the busy
2012 holiday season, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are reminding families
during National Influenza Vaccination Week about the importance of receiving
their flu vaccinations for the best protection against influenza this winter.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121203/NE22545 )
This year's National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2-8, 2012. It was
established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to
annually highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination during
and after the holiday season into January and beyond.
CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic began providing flu shots at the end of August
and all of its pharmacy and walk-in medical clinic locations continue to offer
vaccinations every day with no appointment needed.
"National Influenza Vaccination Week is an ideal time to remind those who have
not received their flu shot yet that a vaccination is the best way to prevent
getting sick with the flu and that there is still time to get vaccinated if
they have not already done so," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of
Pharmacy Affairs at CVS/pharmacy. "CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse
practitioners and physician assistants are available every day at all of our
locations to help patients on their path to better health with a flu
CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are partnering with the CDC and the NFL Retired
Players Association during National Influenza Vaccination Week to increase
awareness about the importance and benefits of annual flu vaccination.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the
first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease. Yearly
vaccination is needed because flu viruses are always changing so new vaccine
is produced each year to protect against the currently circulating influenza
viruses. Also, immunity received from the influenza vaccination declines over
time so an annual flu shot provides optimal protection.
"Influenza is a serious disease that kills thousands of people each year,"
said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "Influenza season is upon us and
vaccination is the single most important step someone can take to protect
themselves. I received my vaccine and I want to encourage anyone who has not
gotten vaccinated to go out and get one – it could mean the difference between
health and sickness, life and death."
The NFL Retired Players Association is supporting this partnership by
promoting awareness during National Influenza Vaccination Week and by having
legacy and Hall of Fame players reach out to communities and fans nationally.
Former Minnesota Viking and Pro Football Hall of Famer Carl Eller received his
flu shot at a CVS/pharmacy in Minneapolis to demonstrate to his family, fans
and community the importance of getting protected during flu season. Mr. Eller
is the President and Founder of the NFL Retired Players Association.
"A critical element to the health of our members, who are Pro Football Hall of
Famers, NFL Legends, former players and fan favorites, is getting them
important information about their health," said Eller. "The NFLRPA's
partnership with CDC allows us to provide our members with timely and up to
date information that is vital to their overall health. National Influenza
Vaccination Week is also a way to keep them involved in the communities where
they live and work. NFLRPA members have a large following of loyal supporters
who remember them and are still interested in them and their causes."
CVS/pharmacy will also promote flu vaccine awareness during National Influenza
Vaccination Week on its Facebook and Twitter social media channels.
All 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores and the more than 600 MinuteClinic walk-in
medical clinics inside select CVS locations provide flu shots every day
including evenings and weekends, no appointment needed. CVS/pharmacy and
MinuteClinic accept many health plans, including Medicare Part B and TRICARE,
which typically cover the full cost of a flu shot. Direct medical billing for
many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of
a flu shot is also available.
This flu season, customers will receive a 20%Off CVS/pharmacy Shopping
Passwhen they get a flu shot at CVS or MinuteClinic.The Shopping Passcan be
used with CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare card to save 20% off non-pharmacy purchases
In addition to the flu shot, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic offer a number of
other vaccinations. Select CVS/pharmacy locations now also offer the shingles
vaccine. Certain immunizations have age and location restrictions.
Visithttps://vaccines.cvs.com/for more information on the vaccines offered,
to schedule a vaccination appointment or find a CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic
location for a walk-in vaccination.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division ofCVS Caremark Corporation(NYSE: CVS), is
America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy and Longs
Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path
to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise,
both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about
CVS/pharmacy andCVS Caremarkis available atinfo.cvscaremark.com.
MinuteClinic is a division ofCVS Caremark Corporation(NYSE: CVS), the
largest pharmacy health care provider inthe United States. MinuteClinic
launched the first retail medical clinics inthe United Statesin 2000 and is
the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 600 locations in 25
states and theDistrict of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model
that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality
medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has
generated more than 13 million patient visits, with a 95% customer
satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to
receive three consecutive accreditations fromThe Joint Commission, the
national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care
organizations and programs inthe United States. For more information, visit
CDC works 24/7saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving
money through prevention. Whether these threats are global or domestic,
chronic or acute, curable or preventable, natural disaster or deliberate
attack, CDC is the nation's health protection agency. To learn more about CDC
and influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
About NFL Retired Players Association
The NFL Retired Players Association is dedicated to providing powerful
national advocacy and collegial support for retired professional football
players, their families and their communities at large. Former NFL players add
value and bring a tremendous vitality to the communities they live in. We want
to continue to promote the retired player as a community asset and a person of
influence that can help improve the community as a whole. The RPA lobbies
nationally for more comprehensive medical benefits for retired athletes. Our
efforts are focused on building community among former NFL Players to promote
Life Balance, Well-Being and Maturity to improve their image, their persona
and create an optimum quality of life for the retired player.
*Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for 20%Off Shopping Pass.
ExtraCare card is not required in the state of HI. Offer is not valid in the
states of AR, NJ and NY. Shopping Pass is not available at MinuteClinic in the
states of MA, NJ and NY. Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist or
MinuteClinic nurse practitioner is on duty, while supplies last.
Contact: For CVS/pharmacy: Mike DeAngelis, +1-401-770-2645,
firstname.lastname@example.org; For MinuteClinic: Brent Burkhardt, TBC,
+1-410-986-1303, email@example.com; or For NFLRPA: Carl Eller,
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