A. Your flu shot may be free with medical insurance or Medicare Part B. There is no copayment unless required by your plan. We also accept cash, checks and credit cards for flu shot costs.
Seasonal vaccine is $39.99
High–dose vaccine is $69.99
A. The vaccine provides protection about 2 weeks after you receive it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend getting vaccinated each flu season as soon as you can. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic recommend vaccinating once the flu shot is available in store.
A. The CDC recommends a seasonal influenza vaccination every year for everyone 6 months old and older. Age restrictions apply at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic.
A. 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
You might have some minor side effects after getting a flu shot, with symptoms including, but not limited to:
Soreness, redness or swelling of the skin where you got the shot
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.
A. Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year as there are many different factors that can contribute to how well the vaccine reduces the risk of illness.
Types of flu shots
4–strain (quadrivalent) vaccine: protects against 4 different strains of flu virus.
Senior–dose vaccine: developed for people over 65 years old.
Both quadrivalent and senior–dose flu shots are available at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic.
A. 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 health care provider to learn about your options and which vaccination may be appropriate for you.
A. The quadrivalent vaccine has the same strains as the trivalent vaccine plus one 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 during 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
Manufacturers create over 156 million flu vaccine doses per season and distribute them across the United States. Manufacturers send the same vaccine to pharmacies (including CVS Pharmacy) and other vaccine providers (including your doctor's office and MinuteClinic). Speak with your local pharmacist for more information.
For more answers to your flu shot questions, visit your local pharmacist.
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