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CVS Caremark Announces Updates to Flu Vaccine Program
Date:10/15/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy announced today that its seasonal flu shot clinics will run through October 22, in light of manufacturer delays in delivery of seasonal flu vaccine affecting all health care providers. However, MinuteClinic will continue to administer seasonal flu vaccines at its 500 locations in 25 states throughout the flu season with the supply of vaccine replenished as frequently as possible.

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"We're very pleased that so many of our customers have heeded the message to get a seasonal flu shot this year either at CVS/pharmacy or at MinuteClinic in rates far exceeding last year and even our own expectations for this flu season," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark.

"The next step in the process of protecting yourself and your family this flu season will be to get the H1N1 vaccine," Dr. Brennan added. "You can access information about availability of the H1N1 vaccine on www.flu.gov and find out from your state health department where you can get a vaccine. CVS Caremark also anticipates offering the H1N1 vaccine."

CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are able to answer patients' questions about seasonal flu, the H1N1 flu virus, treatment and prevention, influenza warning signs, and the availability of antiviral medication and over the counter products to relieve symptoms. Common seasonal flu symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle ache. The H1N1 virus has many of the same symptoms as seasonal flu with some reports of additional symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

For more information about the flu, including commonly asked questions, visit www.cvs.com/flu. Consumers can also check 1-888-FLU-SHOT or www.cvs.com for an updated list of CVS/pharmacy seasonal flu shot vaccination locations and visit www.minuteclinic.com to find a nearby MinuteClinic providing seasonal flu vaccines. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will continue to honor free flu shot vouchers distributed to the unemployed through participating One-Stop Career Centers and other select employment training agencies throughout the flu season.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy is the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). The Company operates more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to providing expert care and innovative solutions in pharmacy and health care that are effective and easy for our customers, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at www.cvscaremark.com.

About MinuteClinic

Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the No. 1 provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence with about 500 locations in 25 states. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. The Company has generated more than 5 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. A recognized leader in the patient-centric health care movement, MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.

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