HOUSTON – CVS Health reminds Americans that it is more important than ever to stay up to date with vaccinations and other routine health care needs. By getting an annual flu shot, ensuring that COVID-19 boosters are up to date, and taking other proactive preventive health measures, individuals and families can help protect themselves from seasonal flu and other illnesses and do their part to improve the overall health of the population. health of their community.
Flu shots are now available at all CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide with digital and walk-in appointments available to people of all ages, seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours. Digital scheduling offers patients flexibility and the ability to schedule multiple patients at once, making it easier for families and other groups to get vaccinated together.
According to a survey of US consumers commissioned by CVS Health, 65 percent of people plan to schedule their appointment digitally this season. Patients can quickly and easily make vaccination appointments at CVS Pharmacy by visiting CVS.com, through the CVS Pharmacy app, or by texting FLU to 287898. Patients can also schedule a vaccination appointment with a MinuteClinic provider at MinuteClinic.com . Customers who schedule an appointment digitally will receive a $5 off $20 coupon valid through December 31, 2022.
The survey also found that 43 percent of people plan to visit a retail pharmacy to get their flu shot this year, followed by their doctor’s office (33 percent). Convenience, insurance coverage, availability and trust were the main factors behind respondents’ intention to visit their local pharmacy. In addition to getting an annual flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said the flu vaccine can be given at the same time as any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine the patient is eligible for. Additional immunizations, such as those to prevent pneumonia and shingles, can also be given at the same time as the flu vaccine. CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic providers can help patients determine which vaccines are available to them based on their vaccination history.
“During the pandemic, CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are trusted, local vaccination providers,” said Prem Shah, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, CVS Pharmacy. “The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. To encourage people to do so, we provide a seamless vaccination experience where patients of all ages can safely and easily receive this important immunization, and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, on days and times that are convenient for them. work best for them.”
The CDC recommends that people get their flu vaccination early in the fall, before the flu season starts, and ideally no later than the end of October. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic have multiple flu vaccine options, including the higher-dose vaccine recommended for seniors.
“Due to a weaker immune system, seniors often carry the heaviest health burden when it comes to the flu,” said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, MinuteClinic and Vice President, CVS Health. “This year, the CDC recommends that people over 65 get the higher-dose vaccine to ensure they get the most effective protection when it comes to preventing the flu.”
Businesses, retirement homes, schools, municipalities and other groups can also schedule an on-site flu vaccination clinic staffed by qualified CVS Pharmacy Vaccinators to make vaccines easy and accessible for employees, staff, residents and students. On-site flu vaccine clinics are available in all states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. More information, including the option to schedule a vaccination clinic, is available at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/flu/clinics.
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