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MinuteClinic offers free diabetes screenings in November

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic is offering free diabetes screenings during November to mark Diabetes Month.

MinuteClinic, which operates 600 clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores, said the screening would include a general assessment of lifestyle risk factors for diabetes, followed by a blood glucose test for which patients will receive immediate results and recommendations from the clinic’s practitioner, who can also answer questions and refer patients to primary care physicians. The clinics also offer comprehensive health condition monitoring for people with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

"Approximately 7 million Americans are living undiagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, putting them at risk for serious complications," MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano said. "By providing convenient diabetes screenings at no cost, we hope to expand awareness of diabetes risk factors and help put some of our patients back on the path to better health."


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Taking a ‘shot’ at the unvaccinated

BY DSN STAFF

Sure, a growing number of patients have either already received or plan to receive a flu shot this year compared to one year ago. According to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September, 57% of patients have received or plan to receive a flu shot this year versus 53% in 2011.

But there is still plenty of room for improvement. The glass-half-empty view focuses on the more than 40% of patients that won’t get a flu shot this year; a recent online survey conducted by CVS Caremark suggests this group could be as high as 51%. “Those who do not receive the flu shot most often indicate that it is unnecessary and/or due to side effects or the fear of side effects caused by the vaccine,” Hill explained.

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CVS to donate $3 for every flu shot to USO

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is using flu shots to support the USO in recognition of Veterans Day.

CVS/pharmacy said Wednesday that it would donate $3 to the USO during the week of the holiday, between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17, pledging a minimum donation of $50,000, and up to $100,000. The company said the idea was to remind Americans that a flu shot is the best way to protect against flu.

"We are pleased to partner with the USO again this year to remind those who protect our country to protect themselves with a flu shot this season," CVS Caremark VP pharmacy affairs Papatya Tankut said. "Veterans Day week is an ideal time to get vaccinated before flu season peaks because it takes a couple of weeks after the vaccine is given to provide full immunization against influenza."


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