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Vaccination FAQs

Questions? Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about vaccines* offered at CVS/pharmacy®.
- Does insurance cover vaccinations?

Many insurance plans will cover vaccinations. To ensure coverage, contact your insurance provider.

- How safe are vaccines?

Vaccines go through years of testing as required by law, and are continuously monitored for safety and efficacy once licensed and in use. Monitoring health problems after receiving vaccinations is essential to ensure vaccines are held to the highest safety standards.

- Are vaccinations required for students to go back to school?

Many school systems now require 5th ad 6th graders to receive a Tdap immunization. Meningitis vaccinations are also required by some colleges before incoming freshman are allowed to move into dorms or attend classes. To find out what vaccines are required for your individual situation, please contact your local school district or specific college.

- Do vaccines have side effects?

It is possible that minor side effects (sore arm or low-grade fever) can be experienced after receiving a vaccination. More information on each vaccine is available on the specific vaccine health pages.

- Who should NOT get vaccinated?

There are some people should not get certain vaccines or wait to get them due to age, specific health conditions or other factors. Guidelines and information can be found on the health page for each vaccine.

- Are there risks associated with not getting vaccinated?

Unvaccinated people can be at risk if exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases brought into the U.S. from other countries around the world. Symptoms of such diseases can be serious, or even deadly.

- Where can I get detailed information about each vaccination?

Here is a list of vaccines offered and the associated condition. View even more information using the links below.

CHICKEN POX (Varicella)

A highly contagious virus spread by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with skin lesions.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Adults who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccine. Learn More

FLU (Influenza)

A contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. On average, up to 20% of the U.S. population will be infected with seasonal invaccineenza virus.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • The vaccine vaccine is now recommended for everyone 6 months and older. High-dose vaccine shots available for those age 65 and older. Learn More


A contagious liver disease often caused by consuming contaminated food or water. It is the most common vaccine-preventable travel disease.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • People traveling to countries where hepatitis is common. People with chronic liver disease. Learn More


A serious liver disease spread through contact with blood or body vaccineids. The hepatitis B virus can cause liver cancer and possible death.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Sexually active adults not in a mutually monogamous relationship. People with HIV infection. Learn More

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

A group of over 100 viruses that typically spreads through sexual contact. Certain HPV strains may cause genital warts and lead to cervical cancer.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Females and males 9 to 26 years of age not previously vaccinated. Learn More


All are spread through coughing or sneezing.
Measles can lead to permanent brain damage.
Mumps can cause deafness.
Rubella (German measles) in pregnant women means a 20% risk of serious damage to the fetus.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Adults born in 1957 or later without proof of immunity. Women who may become pregnant. Learn More

MENINGITIS (Meningococcal)

A potentially fatal bacterial infection that strikes an average of 1,500 Americans annually.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Adults with certain risk factors: college freshmen in dorms, the military, anyone with a damaged spleen. Adults traveling to countries where the disease is common. Learn More

PNEUMONIA (Pneumococcal)

Infection of the lungs, blood, and brain.

Who should be vaccinated?**

SHINGLES (Herpes zoster)

A painful skin rash caused by the same virus as chicken pox. Difficult to treat, shingles can cause severe pain lasting months or even years.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Anyone over the age of 60 who has been vaccinated against or exposed to chickenpox. Learn More


Tetanus: Bacteria in soil enter through a cut, creating infection. Sufferers may be unable to open mouth and swallow.
Diphtheria: Highly contagious infection of respiratory tract. Leads to weakness, sore throat, swollen glands. Severe cases of Diptheria can affect the heart.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis): Highly contagious infection of respiratory tract. Causes excessive coughing fits.

Who should be vaccinated?**

  • Patients 10 years of age and older should receive a one-time dose of Tdap. Adults require 1 booster of Tdap and then a Td booster every 10 years. Learn More


*Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply See immunization scheduler for details.

**This is not an all-inclusive list of who should be vaccinated. Talk to your CVS/pharmacy® immunizing pharmacist to see of this vaccine is right for you.