cvs pharmacies by Augustalbum


Carolyn Castel                Kelly Kass                     Brent Burkhardt
CVS Caremark                  Weber Shandwick                TBC
(401) 770-5717                (617) 520-7274                 (410) 986-1303
                              for CVS/pharmacy               for MinuteClinic

    CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic Reach Goal of Delivering One Million Flu

 Flu Shots Continue at MinuteClinic Health Care Centers in 55 Markets as CDC Kicks
                       Off National Influenza Vaccination Week

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Fulfilling a commitment to keep
families healthy and make it easier to get a flu shot, CVS/pharmacy, the nation's largest
retail pharmacy, and MinuteClinic, the largest retail health care clinic in the U.S.,
announced that they have surpassed a goal of delivering one million fu vaccinations
during this Fall's flu shot season.

The companies, both divisions of CVS Caremark Corp. (NYSE: CVS), launched an
integrated campaign on Oct. 1 which provided vaccinations to consumers at 7,500
scheduled flu shot clinic events in select CVS/pharmacy stores as well as flu shots on
demand seven days a week at more than 550 MinuteClinic health care centers located in
27 states.

MinuteClinic will continue to provide flu shots to adults and children during the CDC's
National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 8-14) and on a daily basis during the
holidays and throughout the flu season which can run as late as April. To find the nearest
MinuteClinic, go to

"We are delighted that through the combined efforts of CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic
we have delivered more than one million vaccinations to children and adults, which is the
best step to ensure protection against the flu," said Papatya Tankut, R.Ph. Vice President
of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS/pharmacy.

However, a nationwide survey conducted by CVS in September found that only half of
adults (50 percent) planned to get a flu shot this year. Among those who do regularly get
a shot, 55 percent wait until a normally scheduled visit to their doctor or health care
"Right now, flu activity in most parts of the country is sporadic according to the CDC, so
there is still time to obtain a flu shot," said Donna Haugland, Chief Nursing Officer for
MinuteClinic. "But those who wait too long, or choose not to get vaccinated at all risk
time away from work, school and other activities and the possibility of hospitalization or
an even more serious outcome."

Those at highest risk for the flu include individuals with chronic diseases such as
diabetes, asthma and heart disease; women who are pregnant; health care workers and
young children. MinuteClinic offers vaccinations to children over 18 months in most
cases. Preservative-free children's vaccinations are available at most MinuteClinic
locations while supplies last.

This year, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has endorsed
influenza vaccination for all children ages 6 months to 18 years and public health
agencies have reinforced the importance of protecting children during the flu season. In
some cases, local departments of health are also recommending flu vaccine for certain
populations. For example, in New Jersey, a new law requires children ages 6 to 59
months who are enrolled in a licensed child-care center or pre-school facility to receive at
least one dose of influenza vaccine by December 31.

The CVS flu shot survey found that 53 percent of adults with children under 18 in their
household plan to get them a flu shot with the rate increasing to 60 percent for those with
children under 12.

Flu shots at MinuteClinic are $30 and may be covered in whole or in part by insurance.
MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters- prepared, board-certified nurse
practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care.

* These findings are from a survey conducted on the telephone Sept. 4-7, 2008 among a
random national sample of 1,005 adults 18 years and older. The results have a margin of
error of plus or minus 3.2% among the total sample. Opinion Research Corporation of
Princeton, N.J. conducted the fieldwork.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or
manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of
service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of healthcare services in
the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve
healthcare outcomes through its more than 6,300 CVS/pharmacy stores; its Caremark
Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty
pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online
pharmacy, General information about CVS Caremark is available through the
Investor Relations section of the Company's website, at, as well as
through the newsroom section of the Company's website, at

To top