SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: Minute Clinic With CVS Free SunScreen

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Minute Clinic With CVS Free SunScreen

MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence, with approximately 600 locations across 25 states.

By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Our practitioners have seen more than 12 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating.

Our approach to healthcare:

  • High Quality - certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions when medically appropriate
  • Affordable - most insurance plans accepted; cash, checks and credit cards also welcome
  • Convenient - no appointment needed, open 7 days a week, evenings and weekends, and located inside your neighborhood CVS/pharmacy store
  • Coordinated - visit summary sent to your primary care provider, with permission, or assistance finding a provider, if you don't have one
We learned all about the Minute Clinic at BlogHer. This is a great service for a wide variety of people. If you get sick, and call your primary care doctor, you are not guaranteed to get in that day. Nothing is worse then feeling horrible, and not seeing any relief. With the Minute Clinic, you have no need for an appointment. You just head in to your local CVS and see a Nurse Practitioner who can take care of you and prescribe you meds. Even if you don't have insurance, the average cost is only $79-$89 a visit. Primary care doctors can cost a lot more then that, and some wont even see you if you don't have insurance!!

Right now the good folks at CVS would like to offer you a free travel size sunscreen. With Summer winding down, so are those bottles of sunscreen. I know I am almost out. With the potential for many more hot days to come, sunscreen is a must have. Head over to Minute Clinics Facebook page, and get your coupon now. They start advertising this tomorrow, so these will go quick!! Hurry!!


What does SPF mean?
  • SPF = Sun Protection Factor, which is a measure of how well sunscreen protects against UVB rays
  • It also predicts, in some cases, how long it may take your skin to get sunburn when you are wearing that sunscreen

Under the new FDA sun care guidelines, look for sunscreen products that are:
  • Labeled “Broad Spectrum,” which prevents against both UVA and UVB rays (these are the only products that can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging)
  • SPF of at least 15, preferably 30 or 50
  • Re-apply every 1.5-2 hours!
  • (Note: products will no longer be labeled as “sunblock”, “waterproof” or “sweatproof” since suncreens eventually always wear off)

What’s the difference b/t UVA & UVB rays?
  • UVA rays are more responsible for the skin’s aging
  • UVB rays are the rays that cause sunburn

When it comes to spending time in the sun, remember:
  • Sun is strongest between 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., so limit your outside time during those hours
  • Some makeup products or prescription medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to read labels and take caution
  • If you do get burned and feel as though you need medical care, visit your local MinuteClinic for a thorough assessment and treatment. To find a location nearest you,

(Note that sunburn patients with a fever greater than 99.9 degrees, with blistering of greater than 5 cm, and those who are immunocompromised or have diabetes may be referred to another care setting.)
** All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post.**

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