September 1, 2009

CVS begins seasonal flu shots

Seasonal flu shots begin Tuesday without appointment at MinuteClinics and select CVS/pharmacy stores, CVS Caremark officials in Rhode Island say.

CVS Caremark officials say 100,000 free seasonal flu shots will be offered to the unemployed at flu clinics scheduled at One-Stop Career Center locations. Vouchers for free flu shots at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic will also be offered to the unemployed.

A recent CVS Caremark Health IQ study revealed that those who are unemployed and seeking employment are among the least likely to get a flu shot -- 34 percent reported getting a flu shot last year, compared to 49 percent of respondents overall.

CVS Caremark wants to ensure cost and access are not barriers to getting a flu shot this year for one of the most vulnerable populations, the unemployed, Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer for CVS Caremark, says in a statement. Our commitment to offer 100,000 free flu shots -- costing $3 million -- is part of broader efforts to help prevent the spread of seasonal flu.

Also, beginning Sept. 15, more than 9,000 flu shot clinic events will be held in select CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.

Consumers can call 1-888-FLU-SHOT or go to on the Web to find a list of vaccination locations.