CVS/pharmacy, MinuteClinic announce new online scheduler

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic have announced that flu shots now are available at all of their locations nationwide, and that they have launched a new online scheduler so customers can make an appointment to receive a flu shot from a CVS pharmacist.

The new online tool, called My Flu Shot Scheduler, allows customers to make vaccination appointments with a CVS pharmacist at a time, date and location that is convenient for them. The online scheduler also will identify the times and dates of CVS/pharmacy walk-in flu clinics. My Flu Shot Scheduler also is available by calling toll-free at 1-888-FLU-SHOT.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can vaccinate patients who are 18 months or older — except in Massachusetts, where the minimum age is 24 months. The minimum age for vaccinations by a pharmacist varies depending on the state. MinuteClinic flu shots are administered in a private exam room, and CVS/pharmacy will use privacy screens for patients receiving flu shots from pharmacists in the pharmacy area.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending for the first time that anyone 6 months or older get a flu shot, an expansion from its previous recommendations that certain risk groups be vaccinated.

A flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic costs $29.95, and vaccinations are covered by many insurance plans. CVS ExtraCare cardholders who receive a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic also will receive a one-time 10% discount on nonpharmacy purchases up to $100 at CVS/pharmacy, except where otherwise prohibited by law.

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