MinuteClinic offers one-stop shop for back-to-school services

WOONSOCKET, R.I. MinuteClinic is reminding shoppers that back-to-school physicals and immunizations are available for both children and college students at all of its locations.

MinuteClinic addressed the fact that college students are at risk of being exposed to meningitis, a bacterial infection that progresses rapidly and can have serious consequences. The retail clinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, offers meningitis vaccinations for $147 andoften  are covered by insurance, less any co-pay or deductible. Other vaccinations and tests often needed by young adults entering college and available at MinuteClinic include Tdap immunizations (Tetnus, Diptheria and Pertussis), flu shots and TB tests (tuberculosis). Immunization requirements vary by state and school and students must be at least 18 years of age to receive vaccines at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts.

"This time of year we see a lot of young adults at MinuteClinic who are looking to get their required vaccinations and physicals before heading off to college or beginning pre-season sports practices," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., MinuteClinic president and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark.  "Our walk-in service, makes it easy for college-bound freshmen to come in and get their shots updated to protect against diseases such as tetanus and to obtain required immunizations they have not received previously; especially meningitis vaccines."

In addition to vaccines, MinuteClinic offers a range of other services geared to help kids get ready to go back to school. MinuteClinic provides college and sports physicals for $35 through Sept. 19. During the physical, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants measure height and weight, review health and immunization history, perform a simple exam to determine if the student is healthy and fit and provide safety and health education tips. Additionally, MinuteClinic also offers acne consultations to patients, discussing proper skin care (based on their skin type), making recommendations for over-the-counter acne remedies and, if clinically appropriate, prescribe topical antibiotics or retinoids for moderate cases. Exams and counseling for acne care are $69 and most insurance is accepted.

More information and a list of MinuteClinic locations, go to Minuteclinic.com.