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MinuteClinic prepares for new meningitis vaccine mandate in Texas

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has prepared all of its Texas-based clinics for an increased demand for the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis following a bill signed into law last May, whereby Texas will become the first state in the country to require that all college students receive one dose or booster of the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis. The requirement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

Previous Texas law required those living in campus dorms to receive a meningococcal vaccination. The new mandate expands the provision to all students entering any college or university, including new students, community and junior college students, commuting students, transferring students and students who may not have lived in a Texas college dorm previously. Students enrolled exclusively in online or other distance education courses, and those 30 years of age or older are exempt.

Texas students must provide their college or university evidence of a vaccination within the last five years no later than 10 days prior to the first day of the 2012 semester or term.

"We know nearly 1.5 million students entered college in Texas this past fall, and 70,000 more are expected to start in spring 2012," stated Angela Patterson, nurse practitioner and MinuteClinic regional manager. "MinuteClinic makes it easy for students to fulfill this vaccination requirement by making meningitis vaccinations available seven days a week with no appointment necessary and providing students the proper documentation to submit to their school."

MinuteClinic has 41 walk-in clinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metro regions located within a 20-mile radius of 63 Texas colleges and universities. The company stated that ample supply of meningitis vaccine is available at these clinics and the more than 600 MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

The cost to receive the required meningitis vaccination at MinuteClinic is $147, or an insurance co-pay. Most major insurance will cover all or part of the cost.

Bacterial meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord that can spread rapidly resulting in serious health consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young adults living and going to class on crowded college campuses and surrounded by individuals from various geographic areas are at highest risk for the disease.


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CVS’ Eileen Howard Boone elected to Easter Seals’ international board

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Easter Seals has elected CVS Caremark SVP corporate communications and community relations Eileen Howard Boone to its international board of directors on Monday during its annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Boone has served as an honorary member of Easter Seals’ international board of directors for the past year.

"We are honored to have Eileen join our international board of directors," stated James E. Williams, Jr., president and CEO of Easter Seals. "Her dedication to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families will be a valuable asset for our organization."

Since joining CVS Caremark in 2004, Boone has managed the company’s key strategic messages to a wide array of stakeholders, while reinforcing those messages through the company’s charitable support of thousands of communities nationwide.

She also oversees the organization’s philanthropic programs and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, which supports communities by working closely with nonprofit grantees dedicated to providing health care to the uninsured and caring for children with disabilities.

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Swiffer launches HD Clean Challenge on Facebook

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Swiffer has kicked off a new promotion that encourages consumers to show off rooms in their home that meet a new standard of clean.

The brand has partnered with Angelo Surmelis, host of "Rate My Space," to bring the Swiffer HD Clean Challenge to Facebook, designed to celebrate the brand’s recently launched HD Clean line of products. How it works: entrants are invited to post photos of their rooms, along with their cleaning tips, on the HD Clean Challenge tab on Swiffer’s Facebook page. Once the top 10 rooms have been selected, Swiffer fans will have the opportunity vote on the top rooms to help select a grand prize winner, who will receive a year’s supply of select Swiffer products, a home visit from Surmelis and the chance to have their room featured on television.

The contest will run from Nov. 7 through Jan. 5, 2012.

"The new and improved Swiffer High Definition line offers a deep clean that helps you pass even the closest of inspections," P&G home care external relations manager Jeff Pierce said. "This challenge will help consumers discover the benefits of an ‘HD’ clean while having the chance to show off their homes and share their cleaning secrets."

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