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Convenience predominant factor in where to get flu shot, CVS survey finds


WOONSOCKET, R.I. - A new survey from CVS Health released Tuesday found that more than one-third (34%) of U.S. adults who have ever received the flu shot determine where to get vaccinated based on convenience. Specific convenience factors that would make Americans more likely to have themselves and their families vaccinated against the flu include having the vaccine readily available without an appointment (28%) and being able to get the entire family vaccinated at one place/time (20%).

The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy in July 2016 among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, found that nearly half (46%) of Americans say that everyone in their household gets vaccinated for the flu, however, among this group two in five (39%) say it takes two or more trips/appointments to get this accomplished.

"We understand that while most Americans intend to get themselves and their family vaccinated against the flu each year, lack of convenience often prohibits them from accomplishing their goal," stated Papatya Tankut, VP pharmacy affairs at CVS Health. "That's why we're making it easier than ever to get the whole family vaccinated, quickly and easily, at their local CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic."

For Americans who have ever gotten a flu shot, fall months are the most popular time to get the vaccine, with October being the most popular month (42%).

All CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide are now offering flu vaccinations.

"It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity. That's why we recommend getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available to ensure you have the best protection before flu season peaks," said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. "Also, many people don't realize that each year influenza strains may change, so it's very important to get vaccinated every year to make sure you are protected."

The majority of Americans try to protect themselves from catching the flu from others (90%), however only half (49%) include the flu vaccine in ways they do this, despite the fact that getting a flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu.

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • 59% of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year;

  • Two in three (67%) Americans who received a flu vaccine last year/plan to get one this year believe getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu;

  • Nearly two in three (64%) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms; and

  • Over two-thirds of adults in the Northeast (68%) get a flu vaccine every year or plan to get one this year, which is significantly higher than those in the South (60%), Midwest (56%) and West (54%).


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