CVS/pharmacy reports that 59% of Americans in their survey consider it a social responsibility to get the flu shot in order to keep their community healthy and to minimize the spread of the flu virus this year.
Flu vaccinations are currently available every day at CVS/pharmacy and is a quick and painless process. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who is at least 6 months old get a flu shot.
"It is important for people to get the flu shot annually because it is the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza to others and your immunity from the virus declines over time," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs, CVSCaremark. "The results of our consumer survey demonstrate the heightened awareness among Americans to get vaccinated, and CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are two of the most convenient places to get a flu shot," Tankut said.
This flu season, more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores and 650 MinuteClinic sites inside select CVS locations will be providing flu shots every day, including evenings and weekends, no appointment needed. Convenience is a major driver in a consumer's decision about where to receive a flu shot. Nearly half (47%) of the respondents agree that it is inconvenient to make an appointment for a flu shot.
The CVS survey also indicated that 80% of respondents who have ever received a flu shot would recommend the high-dose flu vaccine to a friend or family member over the age of 65, knowing that it increases the immune system's response for added protection against the flu virus.
The process for getting the flu shot at CVS involves filling out the information form which only takes a few minutes. The shot is administered quickly and the customer is in and out of the store quickly.