WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 5 CVS/pharmacy announced today that it has expanded the availability of H1N1 flu vaccine to more than 220 stores throughout the State of California. The vaccine is now available at select CVS/pharmacy locations in the following counties in southern, central and northern California:
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Public health officials are encouraging everyone to get an H1N1 flu vaccine, allowing all patients to be eligible to receive the shot while supplies last.
"We are pleased to be able to expand H1N1 vaccine availability to more CVS/pharmacy locations in California," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "H1N1 flu is currently active in many communities and it is likely that we will see increased flu activity, as is typically the case, in January and February."
Patients who are most at risk for contracting H1N1 and for complications resulting from the flu include pregnant women, individuals 6 months through 24 years of age, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel, and persons aged 25 through 64 who have health conditions that are associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza such as asthma and diabetes.
H1N1 flu vaccine is available from coast to coast in 28 states and Washington, DC at either CVS/pharmacy or at MinuteClinic, the retail health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark. The vaccine is currently being offered at:
Information on H1N1 flu vaccine supply at CVS/pharmacy can be found at www.cvs.com and at MinuteClinic at www.minuteclinic.com, or by calling 1-888-FLU-SHOT. Vaccine availability is updated daily. The cost of the H1N1 flu vaccination shot at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic is a $15 administration fee, which may be covered by insurance.
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.
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