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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 4 to 10, CVS/pharmacy and its in-store health clinic business, MinuteClinic, are reminding families to "vaccinate before they celebrate" the holidays and receive their annual flu shot before the flu season peaks.
"As we head into the busy holiday season, it is important to remind people that it is not too late to receive their annual flu vaccination if they haven't already done so," CVS/pharmacy VP Papatya Tankut said. "No one wants to be sick during the holidays and the most important way to prevent you and your family from getting sick with the flu is to get a flu shot."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations for everyone ages 6 months and older. National Influenza Vaccination Week was established by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through the holiday season into January and beyond.
"The CDC reports that nearly 1-in-5 adults received their flu shot in a retail setting last year, so we are doing all we can to inform and vaccinate as many people as possible," Tankut added. "CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been helping people on their path to better health by providing flu vaccinations to their patients since August and will continue to do so through the holidays and into early next year."
Flu vaccinations are available at all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment necessary. CVS/pharmacy has more than 7,300 locations and MinuteClinic has nearly 600 locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.