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CVS Caremark Donating $6 Million in Free Flu Shots to Direct Relief USA for Uninsured Patients of Community Clinics and Health Centers
Date:9/13/2011

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark announced today that it has partnered with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $6 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance. More than 400 participating clinics and health centers across the country will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location. A list of participating locations at which flu shot vouchers are now available for current uninsured patients of the clinics and health centers may be found at www.cvs.com/flu

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Flu vaccinations are available at more than 7,200 CVS/pharmacy locations and nearly 600 MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores. Flu shots are being provided by CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone ages six months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible, including those who were vaccinated last season.  

Over the past three years, CVS Caremark has committed to providing up to $14 million in free flu shots to patients in need.

"Our goal this flu season is to make CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic the most convenient place to get a flu shot, which includes making sure that cost is not a barrier to this important preventive health care service," said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark. "That is why we are working with Direct Relief USA, a dedicated health care organization whose extensive network of clinics and health centers will help us provide free flu shots to those wh
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