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Aetna Better Health® of Illinois helps you ghost influenza with BOO to the Flu events in Chicago

October 25, 2023 |3 minute read time

Family visiting a pumpkin patch

Free family-friendly pop-up pumpkin patch flu events coming to your community

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2023 — Aetna Better Health® of Illinois, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), is hosting four pop-up pumpkin patch Boo to the Flu events in Chicago.

To ensure Chicagoans can access flu vaccines regardless of their ability to pay, Aetna Better Health of Illinois has organized Boo to the Flu events where residents can get a flu shot at no cost.

“Our goal is to bring health care services to our members in their communities,” said Rushil Desai, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Illinois. “Lack of accessibility often prevents people from getting their flu vaccine. Our Boo to the Flu events combine a vaccination event with a family-fun pumpkin patch for community members to enjoy holiday fun and receive important flu vaccination right in their neighborhood.”

Each Boo to the Flu event will include a host of fun activities for the entire family including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, haunted Aetna® heart experience and the opportunity to learn about local resources from community organizations. The event on Thursday, October 19, at Legends South, will feature a special appearance from the Chicago Chapter of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

“The NFLPA is always looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Justin Staples, president of the Chicago Chapter of the NFLPA. “We’re excited to kick off the holiday season by partnering with Aetna Better Health of Illinois to bring a safe family friendly event to the city all while promoting health and wellness.”

Boo to the Flu events encourage and coordinate access for annual flu vaccinations to prevent and reduce the risk of influenza transmission, while bringing immersive pumpkin patch experiences to several neighborhoods in the city.

Boo to the Flu events are being hosted in the following community gardens established by Aetna Better Health of Illinois: 


WHEN:    Thursday, October 19, 2023

                  12 PM to 4 PM

WHERE: Legends South

                  4034 S. State Street

                  Chicago, IL  60609


  WHEN:    Friday, October 20, 2023

                  12 PM to 4 PM

  WHERE:  67th Street Garden

                  609 E 67th Street

                  Chicago, IL  60637




WHEN:    Saturday, October 21, 2023

                  12 PM to 3 PM

WHERE: 67th Street Garden

                  609 E 67th Street

                  Chicago, IL  60637


  WHEN:    Wednesday, October 25, 2023

                  12 PM to 4 PM


                  1701 W. 13th Street

                  Chicago, IL  60608


Aetna Better Health of Illinois offers access to quality, affordable health care to individuals through the state's HealthChoice Illinois Medicaid program. The health plan serves over 420,000 members in 102 counties. For more information about Aetna Better Health® of Illinois, visit our website,


About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health company, has more than 30 years of experience managing the care of under-resourced populations, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve members in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, visit

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the leading health solutions company, delivering care like no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and over 300,000 employees – including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health – whether that's managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system – and their personal health care – by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Follow @CVSHealth on social media.

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