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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.

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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.

What does "No-cost with most insurance" mean?
Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan because most plans cover flu shots as a preventive service. This means you may not pay anything for your flu shot.

What is the 20% Off Shopping Pass?
The 20% Off Shopping Pass is valid on non-sale merchandise and non-pharmacy purchases up to $100 (maximum value $20).

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.
†Flu shots available when immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic practitioner is on duty, while supplies last. Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan.
††Good at CVS/pharmacy only. Cannot be redeemed at MinuteClinic. Valid on non-sale merchandise only. Shopping pass is for one-time use. Twenty percent off non-pharmacy purchases up to $100 (maximum value $20). CVS/pharmacy will not accept offers printed from unauthorized internet postings or reproductions, copies, or facsimiles of this offer. Original coupon must be relinquished at the time of purchase. Coupon is void if copied, transferred and where prohibited by law. ExtraCare® card must be presented to receive these savings. This coupon excludes alcohol, lottery, money orders, prescriptions and co-pays, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, gift cards, tobacco products, newspapers and magazines, milk, sale/promotional merchandise, bottle deposits, bus passes, hunting and fishing licenses, and any imposed governmental fees. Savings applied to total purchase (excluding ineligible items) where applicable by law. Tax charged on pre-coupon price where required. Coupon cannot be combined with any other CVS/pharmacy coupons. Limit one coupon per customer. No cash back. Retailer's coupon. Employees not eligible. Coupon cannot be used to discount the flu shot. Shopping pass cannot be issued or redeemed in AR, NJ and NY. Shopping pass cannot be issued at MinuteClinic locations in MA. Valid one time only 8/15/14 – 3/31/15.