National Influenza Vaccination Week: CVS Health encourages families to get their flu shots in preparation for peak flu season

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is encouraging families to get their flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9) in preparation for peak flu season. A recent survey released by CVS Health found that nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people to get vaccinated through the busy holiday season and into the new year, when cases of the flu typically increase.

According to the CDC, only about 40 percent of the U.S. population reported having been vaccinated by the end of November last year. “National Influenza Vaccination Week is a great reminder to make time during the busy holiday season to get your annual flu shot,” said Papatya Tankut, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health. “With many people gathering for the holidays and flu activity beginning to increase, getting vaccinated will help ensure a healthier holiday for you and your loved ones.”

The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu and is considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act. The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. With more than 9,700 CVS Pharmacy stores and 1,100 walk-in MinuteClinic locations accepting most insurance plans, CVS Health has made vaccinations quick, easy and accessible for patients.

This year’s flu survey sheds light on the increasing number of factors families consider when deciding where, when, and how to get vaccinated. Among those who have ever received a flu vaccine, the top considerations on where to receive the vaccine include convenience (37%), doctor recommendations (36%) and where insurance is accepted (35%).

The survey also revealed that nearly two in three (65 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.

“The influenza virus is highly contagious and can be easily spread through a workplace environment through direct contact with co-workers or infected surfaces,” said Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “Influenza infection can have potentially serious effects and getting vaccinated is vital to staying healthy, especially when working alongside co-workers who may have already contracted the virus.”

Getting the flu shot protects you and those around you who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. With seasonal flu outbreaks beginning as early as October and lasting as late as May, it is not too late to get a flu shot as it is the best defense against getting the flu.

Flu shots are available seven days a week, with no appointment necessary at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide, including locations inside select Target stores.1 Consumers can easily find the store closest to them using CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app, and for those patients planning to go to MinuteClinic for their flu shot, location information and current wait times can be found on the CVS Pharmacy app or MinuteClinic.com.

In addition, customers will receive a $5 off $25 coupon when they get a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. Patients who receive a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations inside select Target stores will receive a $5 Target coupon.2

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

1 Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply. Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply.

2 Offer is not valid in the state of AR, HI, NY and NJ. $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon. Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. $5 Target coupon cannot be issued in AR, HI, NJ, and NY and is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI. Coupon valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in Target from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. Limit one per customer.

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401-770-2931
E: Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health survey: 61% of Americans plan to get flu vaccine this year, a 2% increase from last year

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marking the start of flu vaccine availability, a new survey from CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) released today (August 16, 2017) found that nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, resulting in a two percent increase from last year’s survey findings. Of those who get a flu vaccine every year and plan to get one this year, 67 percent do so because they believe it’s the best way to prevent themselves from getting the flu. All CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide are now offering flu vaccinations.

The annual flu survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy in July 2017[1]among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, also found that nearly two in three (65 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.

Among those who have ever received a flu vaccine, 44 percent say they most often get the vaccine from their primary care provider or other health care professional, while 22 percent most often get it from a local pharmacy or drugstore. However, there has been a significant increase (up 7 percent from last year) in employed flu vaccine receivers who get the vaccine most often at their workplace, now tied with local pharmacy or drugstore at 22 percent.

“We recognize that staying on top of your health can sometimes be daunting, especially for busy families, and flu vaccinations are no exception to this,” said Papatya Tankut, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health. “This year’s survey demonstrates the increasing number of factors that go into deciding where, when, and how to get vaccinated, which is why CVS Pharmacy continues to strive to make health care quick, easy and accessible for patients.”

Flu vaccinations are conveniently available seven days a week at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide with no appointment needed.[2]CVS Pharmacy can provide flu shots to adolescents (in some states, depending on regulations), adults and seniors. MinuteClinic can provide flu shots to children 18 months and up, adolescents, adults and seniors, making it easy to vaccinate the whole family in one trip.[3] In addition, customers will receive a $5off $25 coupon when they get a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic.[4] Patients who receive a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations inside select Target stores will receive a $5 Target coupon.[5]

Although 52 percent of Americans protect themselves from catching the flu by getting the flu vaccine, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of Americans who also incorporate other prevention methods into their lifestyles to help stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. For example, 41 percent of Americans regularly use hand sanitizer to stop the spreading of germs (up 3% from last year). Americans are also reporting protecting themselves from the flu by drinking more water (55%, up 4% from last year), taking vitamins (50%, up 4% from last year), eating more nutritious food (44%, up 2% from last year), and staying physically active (43%, up 4% from last year).

Other notable findings from the survey include:

  • Women are 12 percent more likely than men to get their flu vaccine from their primary care physician or other health care professional’s office
  • 76 percent of seniors (age 65 and up) get the flu vaccine every year and/or plan on getting the flu shot this year
  • For Americans who have ever gotten a flu shot, fall months are still the most popular time to get the vaccine, with October being the most popular month (36 percent)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who is eligible and at least six months old get a flu shot when the vaccine becomes available, preferably by October.

“People may not realize that it can actually take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity,” said Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “For this reason, CVS Pharmacy actually recommends that patients get their flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available to ensure you have the best protection before flu season peaks. Additionally, influenza strains tend to change each year, so it’s very important to get vaccinated every year to make sure you are protected.”

The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic can directly bill many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot.

Please visit CVS.com and/or MinuteClinic.com for more information and additional resources. Consumers can also visit CVS.com or use the CVS Pharmacy app to locate a nearby CVS Pharmacy. Patients planning to go to MinuteClinic to get their flu shot can visit MinuteClinic.com to view wait times or schedule a visit online for a future date at their chosen clinic.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States between July 12-14, 2017among 2,074 adults aged 18+ by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

[1] Survey was conducted in the United States by Harris Poll on July 12-14, 2017, among 2,074 adults ages 18 and older.

[2] Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply.

[3] Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply.

[4] Offer is not valid in the state of AR, HI, NY and NJ. $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon.

[5] Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. Coupon valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in Target from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. Limit one per customer. $5 Target coupon cannot be issued in AR, HI, NJ, and NY and is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Amy Lanctot
alanctot@cvs.com
401.770.2931

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy reminds customers to protect themselves from flu in support of National Influenza Vaccination Week

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — During National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4-10), CVS Pharmacy is reminding families nationwide that it’s not too late to receive a flu shot to protect themselves from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2005 to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated as the holiday season begins and even into the new year, since a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu.

A recent survey released by CVS Health found that nearly two in five Americans make multiple trips to get their entire household vaccinated, pointing to a lack of convenience as a real hurdle for families looking to get the flu shot. With CVS Pharmacy’s more than 9,600 retail pharmacies and 1,100 walk-in MinuteClinics to choose from, getting the whole family vaccinated this flu season has never been more convenient.

“National Influenza Vaccination Week is a great reminder that the flu virus doesn’t take the holidays off and families should make sure they’re protected by getting vaccinated,” said Papatya Tankut, R.Ph., Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health. “CVS Pharmacy understands that families’ schedules are packed with holiday to-dos this time of year, and that’s why we make getting the flu shot convenient.”

The survey also revealed that two in three (64 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.

“With many people choosing to go to work even when they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s vital to take all precautions necessary to avoid getting sick,” said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu and the potentially serious effects of influenza infection.”

The flu virus changes year over year, which is why the CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months and older. According to the CDC, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May, which means it is not too late to get a flu shot. In addition, if you haven’t yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with a flu virus this season, a flu vaccine can still protect you from other strains of the flu, further stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are dedicated to making the vaccination process as convenient as possible; flu shots are available seven days a week, including evenings and weekends at locations nationwide with no appointment needed. For added convenience, CVS Pharmacy customers can schedule their flu shot in advance using the Immunization Scheduler at CVS.com. Patients planning to go to MinuteClinic to get their flu shot can visit MinuteClinic.com to view wait times and hold their place in line at their chosen clinic.

The flu vaccine is considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, and is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. In addition, customers will receive a 20 percent off CVS Pharmacy Shopping Pass when they get a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic.[1] Patients who receive a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations inside select Target stores will receive a $5 Target GiftCard .[2]

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. 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 and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District 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 provided care through more than 30 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

[1] Offer is not valid in the state of AR, NY and NJ. Shopping pass is not available at MinuteClinic locations in NJ, NY MA, PA and RI. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for 20% Off CVS Pharmacy Shopping Pass.

[2] Terms and conditions are applied to gift card. See gift card for details. Gift card valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in Target from 8/15/16 through 3/31/17. Limit one per customer. Gift card cannot be issued in AR, NJ, and NY.

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401-770-2931
E: Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy