CVS Health is reminding Americans that as the country continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to stay current with vaccinations and other routine health care needs.
By getting a flu shot this fall and taking other proactive measures to improve general health and immunity, individuals and families can protect themselves against seasonal flu and help safeguard the overall health of the community, the company said.
According to a survey commissioned by CVS Health and conducted among a general population of U.S. consumers, consumers’ intention to get vaccinated against seasonal flu increased five percentage points from June 2020 to June 2021, with 71% of those surveyed saying they definitely or likely will get a flu shot this season. In addition, 45% of consumers surveyed said they planned to get a flu shot at a retail pharmacy, the most preferred destination cited, followed by a doctor’s office (27%).
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall before flu season begins, and ideally no later than the end of October.
“CVS Health has administered approximately 30 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, in addition to more than 20 million flu and other vaccinations over the past twelve months,” said Neela Montgomery, executive vice president, CVS Health and president, CVS Pharmacy. “We have built a simple vaccination experience where customers appreciate the convenience and safety.”
Flu shots are now available at all CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations across the country. Both CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic, the retail health clinic of CVS Health inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores, offer convenient options for people of all ages to get their flu shot, seven days a week with expanded evening and weekend hours.
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“Getting your flu shot is a great way to be proactive about your health and the health of your community,” said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner officer, MinuteClinic and vice president, CVS Health. “It’s an easy way to protect yourself and those around you who may be more vulnerable to serious complications from the flu, such as infants and young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions.”
Patients can quickly and easily make vaccination appointments at CVS Pharmacy by visiting here, through the CVS app, or by texting FLU to 287898. Patients may also schedule an immunization appointment with a MinuteClinic provider at MinuteClinic.com. In addition, walk-in appointments are welcome at both CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic throughout flu season.