For Americans needing an annual check-up, a flu vaccination or infection treated, retail clinics are an easy way to do that. Users point to convenience — extended operating hours, walk-in visits and convenient locations.

That's the primary reason retail health clinics are booming, according to a new report. But despite persistent predictions of massive growth on the horizon, it's still not as much as it could be — or will be — researchers note.

The percentage of American families using retail clinics in the last year nearly tripled between 2007 and 2010, from 1.2 percent of families to 2.9 percent, according a report by the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonpartisan policy research group. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the study.

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