This is a great benefit that those who have TriCare insurance that nobody planned on. If you have TriCare, you should really look at taking advantage of this if you haven’t gotten the flu shot yet for you or your family.
Woonsocket, R.I., November 29, 2010 – As the peak season for flu approaches, CVS/pharmacy, the nation’s leading retail pharmacy, and MinuteClinic, the largest retail health care clinic provider in the U.S., are reinforcing the importance of prevention and reminding people that it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
Both CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are providing flu shots to service members and their families at no cost to TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries. There are no-copayments or authorizations required. Pharmacists are vaccinating at all CVS/pharmacy locations and appointments can be made easily at www.cvs.com/flu. Additionally, MiniuteClinic nurse practitioners are vaccinating on demand. Both will provide members of the military with documentation for their official shot records.
“Flu season typically peaks in January and February and a flu vaccination is the best protection against contracting the virus,” says Papatya Tankut, R.Ph, and Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS/pharmacy. “And, as we head into the holidays where travel and gatherings can spur the spread of viruses like the flu, we urge people to get the flu shot not for yourself, but to protect their loved ones, too.”
This year, only one vaccine will be required for protection against three influenza strains, including the H1N1 virus and the seasonal H3N2 virus. In addition, the CDC is recommending for the first time that anyone ages six months or older get a flu shot, an expansion from its previous recommendations that certain risk groups be vaccinated. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can vaccinate patients who are 18 months or older. The minimum age for vaccinations by a pharmacist varies depending on the state. Check with your local CVS/pharmacy or visit cvs.com/flu’s My Flu Shot Scheduler to determine minimum vaccination age by state.
Tankut adds that in addition to the flu shot, consumers can prevent the spread of germs by:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser;
- Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue;
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick with the flu; and
- Staying home from school or work if you have the flu.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America’s largest retail pharmacy with more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available atwww.cvscaremark.com.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence, with approximately 500 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient needs, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than seven million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics. MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation (2006) and reaccreditation (2009) from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.