You can walk in or schedule an appointment at your convenience—we're open seven days a week.
Your vaccination may be free with medical insurance or Medicare Part B. There's no co-payment unless required by your plan.
Why get a flu shot?
Because influenza viruses are always changing, the flu vaccine is reviewed annually and updated, as needed, to keep up.
By getting your flu shot, you avoid exposing those around you, especially those who are unable to get the flu shot themselves.
If you get the flu, you'll likely need to stay home from work or school while you recover. You may even have to sit out from an important event or holiday.
About flu shots
A. Your flu shot may be free with medical insurance or Medicare Part B. There is no co-payment 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
Quadrivalent and high-dose flu shots are available at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic
Senior-dose vaccine: developed for people over 65 years old
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
A. 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.
For more answers to your flu shot questions, visit your local pharmacist.
1 Footnote one Offer available August 19th, 2019 to December 31, 2019, while supplies last. You will receive a merchandise coupon valid for 1-time use at CVS Pharmacy® or Longs Drugs® locations. Terms and conditions apply. See coupon for details. $5 savings applied to total qualifying minimum purchase of $25 (after other coupons and discounts are applied). Coupon cannot be issued or redeemed at CVS Pharmacy or Longs Drugs locations in Target stores or in any location in AR, NJ and NY. Offer not valid at MinuteClinic® locations in MA, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Limit 1 per customer. Flu shots available when immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic health care provider is on duty. Age restrictions apply. Eligible patients will not pay any co-payments unless otherwise required by their plan, including Medicare Part B. Back to footnote one
3 Footnote three You must enroll in both the ExtraCare® and ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards® program to earn Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards®. An individual can earn up to $50 in Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards in a calendar year in connection with the Program. See program rules for details at https://www.cvs.com/extracare-cvs/rxrewards/program-rules or ask a CVS pharmacist for a copy. Rewards cannot be earned on any prescriptions purchased in AR, NJ or NY; any prescriptions transferred to a CVS Pharmacy® in AL, MS or OR; any controlled substance prescriptions purchased in HI or LA; or where otherwise prohibited by law. CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to modify or terminate the ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program. Back to footnote three
4 Footnote four Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. Coupon valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy®, Longs Drugs® and MinuteClinic® locations in Target stores August 19, 2019 to December 31, 2019, while supplies last. Limit 1 per customer. Coupon cannot be issued at pharmacy locations in AR, NJ and NY or at MinuteClinic® locations in MA, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Flu shots available when immunizing pharmacist is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply. At MinuteClinic, patients must be 19 months and older in most states, 24 months and older in KY and 5 years and older in CT. Eligible patients will not pay any co-payments unless otherwise required by their plan, including Medicare Part B. Back to footnote four