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CVS Caremark to Offer $5 Million in Free Flu Shots to Uninsured Patients of Community Clinics and Health Centers Beginning September 20
Date:9/8/2010

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark announced today that it will partner with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $5 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance.  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).

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Flu vaccinations are now available at all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide.  Vouchers redeemable for a free flu shot at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic will be distributed by CVS Caremark and Direct Relief USA to participating clinics and health centers.  These facilities will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations in order to provide them with a free flu shot voucher.

"With every CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic location providing flu vaccinations this year, we want to make sure that as many people as possible have access to a flu shot, including patients for whom cost may be a barrier," said Larry Merlo, President and COO, CVS Caremark.  "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone receive a flu shot this year.  We are pleased to partner with Direct Relief USA to help accomplish that goal."

"Direct Relief USA is delighted to partner with CVS Caremark to help protect thousands of people who are in a tough financial situation with a free flu shot this season," said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief.  "The network we've built in collaboration with
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