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How are CVS/pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® different?

At Pharmacy, vaccinations for adolescents* through seniors are administered by a certified immunizing pharmacist. Age and state restrictions apply at the pharmacy. Walk in or make an appointment.

At MinuteClinic, vaccinations for children as young as 18 months (5 years in CT) through seniors are administered by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.** No appointment necessary.

1 in 6 will get the flu. Don't risk it.

Flu (Influenza)
CVS/pharmacy: High dose and adult
MinuteClinic: High dose, adult and pediatric

What is the flu?
It's a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to death in certain severe cases. The best way to prevent the flu is with an annual flu shot.

What about the vaccine?
A new flu vaccine is made each year to protect against the flu virus strains that are most likely to cause sickness during flu season. Manufactured under strict safety and production requirements, the flu vaccine has been administered to millions of people worldwide.

Why high-dose flu shots for people 65+?
Older age results in weaker human immune defenses that can place those 65 and over at increased risk of illness. Ageing also lowers a person's ability to have a good immune response after receiving a flu shot. The high-dose flu shot contains four times more antigen than a regular flu shot. The increased antigen allows older people to develop a better immune response and better protect themselves against the flu and its related complications.

Who should get vaccinated?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a universal annual influenza vaccination for those 6 months or older. Age restrictions apply at CVS/pharmacy. MinuteClinic can vaccinate children as young as 18 months (5 years in CT). Learn about pediatric flu shots.

Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait?
Some people should first consult a physician before getting a flu shot. They include:

  • People who have a severe allergy to eggs
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination
  • People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness should wait until they recover

What about side effects?
Some minor side effects might include:

  • Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Aches

If they occur, these side effects begin soon after getting a shot and usually last 1 to 2 days.

Like to learn more?
See All Vaccinations
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

*Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply. See Immunization Scheduler for details.
**In select states. Visit for details.