CVS/pharmacy, MinuteClinic declares September 'Senior Vaccination Month'

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In recognition of the increased risks that seniors have of developing health complications from the flu, pneumonia, shingles and other illnesses, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic have declared September to be Senior Vaccination Month and will be working to raise awareness about the importance of vaccinations for their senior patients.

"Getting vaccinated is an important step you can take to protect yourself and your family, especially if you're a senior and at higher risk," said Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer, CVS Caremark. "While people of any age should receive their recommended vaccines, seniors are particularly vulnerable when they don't get vaccinated. That is why CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are making it as convenient as possible for seniors, as well as other customers to receive their vaccines and stay on their path to better health."     

"Many vaccines, including the regular flu shot, are considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, and so are fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. ”

A recent consumer survey by CVS/pharmacy showed that 3-out-of-5 adults in the United States are not aware of the importance of the high dose flu vaccine in preventing the flu for adults ages 65 years and up. The survey also showed that nearly 1-out-of-3 Americans say they have a role in helping an elderly family member or loved one make health care decisions, including whether to get a flu shot.

"It is estimated that one in six people in the United States are expected to catch the flu this season and getting vaccinated is the most effective way to be protected," said Nancy Gagliano, chief medical officer, MinuteClinic. "Because the start of flu season is unpredictable from year to year, it is recommended that people get their flu shots as soon as vaccine is available."

CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic can directly bill many national and regional health insurance plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot. Many vaccines, including the regular flu shot, are considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, and so are fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.  

Customers who get a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic receive a CVS/pharmacy Shopping Pass that can be used with the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards card to save 20% off non-pharmacy purchases up to a maximum value of $20.
 

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