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Flu Shots, Influenza

It's flu season. We've got you covered.
$5 off $25* when you get a no-cost flu shot.**
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It's flu season. We've got you covered.
$5 Target coupon* when you get a no-cost flu shot.**
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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. No appointment necessary.

At MinuteClinic, vaccinations for children (18 months and older in most states) through seniors are administered by a medical provider. View wait times and schedule a visit online, or walk-in anytime.

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Flu (Influenza)

CVS Pharmacy: High dose and adult

MinuteClinic: High dose, adult and pediatric

About the Flu

What is "the flu"?

"Flu" is short for influenza, a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can make you feel awful. Severe cases can even lead to death. Best way to protect yourself from getting the flu? Get an annual flu shot.

When is flu season?

The flu season occurs in the fall and winter, but the virus can stay active year-round.

Is the flu virus contagious?

Yes, it is very contagious. You can have the flu for 1 to 4 days before you start feeling sick. This means that you may be able to infect someone else before you even know you have the flu, not just while you are feeling symptoms.

What does it mean when you hear that "the virus has mutated"?

While the flu is going around, the virus can change and create a new flu strain. When this happens, the vaccine being given during that flu season may not provide enough protection against the new strain. This is one way that flu outbreaks can happen.

About Flu Shots

When should I get my flu vaccine?

The vaccine provides protection about two weeks after you receive it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated each flu season as soon as you can. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic recommend vaccinating once the flu shot is available in store.

Who should get vaccinated?

The CDC recommends a seasonal influenza vaccination every year for everyone 6 months old and older. Age restrictions apply at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic.

Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait?

Some people should talk with a doctor first 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 have developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
  • People who have a moderate to severe illness or are feeling sick

What are the side effects of being vaccinated?

You might have some minor side effects after getting a flu shot, including but not limited to:

  • Soreness, redness or swelling of the skin where you got the shot
  • Low-grade fever
  • Body aches

If you feel any of these side effects, don't worry. You should feel better within 1 to 2 days. If not please report any side effects to your pharmacist or MinuteClinic provider.

I got my flu shot and I still got sick with the flu. Why?

Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year as there are many different factors that can contribute to how well the vaccine is at reducing the risk of illness.

Types of Flu Shots

What is the difference between available flu vaccines?

  • Three-strain (Trivalent) shots: made to protect against three different flu viruses
  • Four-strain (Quadrivalent) vaccine: protects against 4 different strains of flu virus
  • Quadrivalent and High Dose flu shots are available at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic
    • High-dose vaccine: developed for people over 65 years old; contains the same 3 virus strains as the trivalent vaccine but four times more potent than the traditional flu shot

Is one flu vaccine recommended over another?

The CDC doesn't recommend one vaccine over another. The important thing is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Consult your local pharmacist or nurse practitioner to learn about your options and which vaccination may be appropriate for you.

From what strains of influenza does the quadrivalent vaccine offer protection?

The quadrivalent vaccine has the same strains as the trivalent vaccine plus 1 additional B strain of influenza. Some facts about influenza B strains:

  • The B strain has been directly linked to epidemics that have occurred every 2 to 4 years
  • Influenza B virus represented up to 44% of circulating strains between 2001-2002 and 2010-2011 (excluding the 2009-2010 pandemic)
  • On average, influenza-associated hospitalization and mortality rates are higher with type B influenza than with type A
  • The impact of circulating B strains is greater in children and young adults

Why is a high-dose flu shot available for people 65 and older?

As people get older, their natural immune defenses can weaken and they can get sick more easily. The high-dose flu shot contains four times more antigen (active ingredient) than a regular flu shot. This helps older people develop a better immune response, gives better protection against the flu and also helps prevent flu-related complications.

Is there a difference between the flu vaccine that I get at my doctor's office vs. CVS Pharmacy?

Manufacturers create over 156 million flu vaccine doses per season and distribute them across the U.S. Manufacturers send the same vaccine to pharmacies (including CVS Pharmacy) and other vaccine providers (including your doctor's office and MinuteClinic). However, all types of vaccinations might not be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations.

$5 off $25 coupon

When do I receive my $5 off $25 discount?

You will receive your $5 off $25 discount after scanning your ExtraCare® card and receiving your flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. Some restrictions apply. See below for details.

What can the $5 off $25 discount be used for? What items are excluded?

Coupon good at CVS Pharmacy® for one-time use only from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. $5 off non-pharmacy purchases with a minimum purchase of $25. ExtraCare® card must be presented for savings. Redeemable in store only. Cannot be redeemed at MinuteClinic or to discount flu shot. Limit one per customer. CVS Pharmacy will not accept unauthorized internet offers. Original coupon must be relinquished at time of purchase, and is void if copied, transferred, or where prohibited by law. Savings applied to total qualifying purchase after other CVS coupons & discounts are applied. Excludes purchases on alcohol, lottery, money orders, prescriptions, co-pays, pseudoephedrine/ephedrine products, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, gift cards, newspapers, magazines, milk, bottle deposits, bus passes, hunting or fishing licenses, and governmental fees. Savings applied to total purchase (excluding ineligible items) where applicable by law. Tax charged on pre-coupon price where required. No cash back. Retailers coupon. Coupon cannot be issued or redeemed in AR, NJ, NY and HI or CVS Pharmacy locations inside Target stores. Coupon also cannot be issued at MinuteClinic locations in MA, RI and PA.

Can I use my $5 off $25 coupon at a different CVS Pharmacy from where I received my flu shot?

Yes, you can use your $5 off $25 coupon at another CVS Pharmacy before the expiration date. However, state restrictions apply and the shopping pass cannot be redeemed in AR, NJ or NY. HI coupons cannot be redeemed outside the state. Coupons will not be issued or redeemable at any CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic location inside Target stores.

In what states are customers not eligible to receive the $5 off $25 coupon?

The coupon cannot be issued or redeemed in AR, NJ or NY. The coupon cannot be issued at MinuteClinic locations in MA, RI and PA. HI coupons cannot be redeemed outside the state. Coupon will not be issued at any CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic location inside Target stores

When does my $5 off $25 discount expire?

$5 off $25 coupons are valid one time only until March 31st 2018.

Are there any other restrictions with my $5 off $25 coupon?

It cannot be combined with any other CVS Pharmacy coupons. Limit one per customer. No cash back. Coupon cannot be used to discount the flu shot. Coupon will not be issued or redeemable at any CVS Pharmacy locations inside Target stores.

$5 Target Coupon**

When do I receive my $5 Target coupon?

You will receive your $5 Target coupon after you get your flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations in Target stores from August 14, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Some restrictions apply. See below for details.

What can the $5 Target coupon be used for? What items are excluded?

The coupon can be redeemed for Target merchandise. Items may not be available at all stores. Coupon excludes all alcohol, gift cards, prepaid cards (airtime, entertainment, iTunes and online gaming), LEGO, Vitamix, Weber, Dyson, DSLR cameras and lenses, Google products, Apple, Bose, Sonos, GoPro, CVS Pharmacy items or products (including prescriptions), MinuteClinic®, Target Optical, Portrait Studio, Target Mobile purchases and certain other partner businesses.

Can I use my $5 Target coupon at a different Target location from where I received my flu shot?

Yes. You can use your coupon at another Target location.

In what states are customers not eligible to receive the $5 Target coupon?

The coupon cannot be issued in AR, NJ or NY.

When does my $5 off $25 discount expire?

$5 off $25 coupons are valid one time only until March 31st 2018.

Are there any other restrictions with my $5 Target coupon?

Valid in store and one-time use only. Limit one per customer. Cannot be combined with any other Category coupon. Coupon cannot be used to discount the flu shot. See coupon for full details.

This information should be used for general education purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Neither CVS Pharmacy, Inc., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this information.

* Offer available from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. Coupon valid for one time use at CVS Pharmacy® locations only, on non-pharmacy purchases with a minimum purchase of $25. Savings applied to total qualifying purchase after other coupons & discounts are applied. ExtraCare® card must be presented for savings. Cannot be redeemed at MinuteClinic or to discount flu shot. Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. Coupon cannot be issued or redeemed in AR, NJ, NY and HI or CVS Pharmacy locations inside Target stores. Coupon also cannot be issued at MinuteClinic locations in MA, RI and PA. Limit one per customer.

** Flu shots available when immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic® health care provider is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply. Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan, including Medicare Part B.

This information should be used for general education purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Neither CVS Pharmacy, Inc., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this information.

* Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. Coupon valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy® locations at Target from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. Limit one per customer. Coupon cannot be issued in AR, NJ, NY.

** Flu shots available when immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic health care provider is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply. Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan, including Medicare Part B.

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