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
SUMMER SUN SAFETY TIPS, from MinuteClinic
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, visitwww.minuteclinic.com/locations
(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.**