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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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Walgreens recognizes vets with discount on Veterans Day

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To honor and celebrate the service and commitment of the nation’s military heroes, Walgreens on Wednesday announced the offer of a discount to all veterans and active duty military in support of Veterans Day. On Sunday, Nov. 11, veterans will receive 15% off eligible store items and 20% off Walgreens and W Brand products with a valid military ID or proof of service at any Walgreens and Duane Reade drug store nationwide.

“To our employees who are veterans and veterans across this great nation, we want to thank you for your service, sacrifice and courage,” stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “We are grateful for their contributions, and want to offer our appreciation and respect to all who have served.”

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