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CVS Caremark to give away up to $5M in flu shots

CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday it will give away up to $5 million in seasonal flu vaccinations to people without health insurance.

The Woonsocket, R.I., company said vouchers for the vaccines will be available at clinics or community health centers starting Sept. 20. Consumers will be able to redeem the vouchers at any of CVS' 7,100 locations and its retail MinuteClinics. The names of the participating clinics will be announced Sept. 20.

CVS said it is working with Direct Relief USA, a nonprofit organization, to give out the shots.

The vaccine provides immunizations for the 2009 strain of swine flu, along with influenza B and H3N2 flu. CVS sells the vaccine for $29.95 per shot at pharmacies and clinics. CVS said most of the shots will be provided by Novartis AG, with the rest coming from Sanofi-Aventis AS's Vaxserve unit.
 
 

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