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Flu season: How to stay protected

Aetna® and CVS Health® are bringing together what matters most this flu season: everything you need to know to protect yourself and those you love. We’re proud to recommend CVS Pharmacy® locations for your flu shot and other vaccines covered by your Aetna medical plan.


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Consider a flu shot – it’s safe and effective

Consider a flu shot – it’s safe and effective

Did you know the flu shot prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year?* It’s why everyone six months and older should get their annual flu shot, with few exceptions.*


The flu is a serious respiratory illness. It’s more common in the winter when most of us are indoors. But the flu season actually starts in early fall and can last until April or May. Getting your flu shot before the season hits gives you the best shot at protecting yourself and your family.

Common flu symptoms

Common flu symptoms

Think you might have the flu? Watch out for these common symptoms:


  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue


Some people — mostly kids — may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.


If you need quick and convenient care, speak with your doctor or consider visiting a MinuteClinic® at a CVS® location. The health care professionals there can treat you or your loved ones’ symptoms.


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*FOR FLU SHOT HOSPITALIZATION PREVENTION: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine Effectiveness: How Well Do Flu Vaccines Work? Last reviewed: February 8, 2023. Accessed July 7, 2023.

*FOR FLU SHOT AGE RECOMMENDATIONS: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Who Should and Who Should Not Get a Flu Vaccine. Last reviewed August 25, 2022. Accessed July 7, 2023.

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