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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

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Direct Relief USA is a non-profit organization that works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients.  Most of the facilities in Direct Relief's network are affiliated with either the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) or the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC). Direct Relief is the largest non-profit program providing donations of medicine to patients without insurance at clinics and health centers nationwide, and was awarded the prestigious Power through Partnerships Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.  

"Direct Relief USA is delighted to partner with CVS Caremark for the second straight year to help protect thousands of people who are in a tough financial situation with a free flu shot this season," said Damon Taugher, Director of Direct Relief USA. "The network we've built in collaboration with community health centers and clinics nationwide enables CVS Caremark's generous contribution to reach people who need help.  CVS Caremark is demonstrating great leadership by addressing an annual public-health risk."

MinuteClinic flu shots are administered in a private exam room and CVS/pharmacy flu shots are conducted behind a privacy screen in the pharmacy area. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can vaccinate patients who are 18 months or older except in Massachusetts, where the minimum age is 24 months.  The minimum age for vaccination by a pharmacist varies by state. Check with your local CVS/pharmacy or visit www.cvs.com/flu to determine minimum vaccination age by state.  CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic also offer the Fluzone® High Dose vaccine for people ages 65 and older.  This higher dose vaccine is designed to provide better protection from
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