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Free flu shots for Veterans

Veteran getting his flu shot.

Vietnam Veteran Jim Burgoyne, a Purple Heart recipient who recently turned 70 years old, gets his flu shot every year “to stay healthy,” he said.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Last year, more than 80,000 people died from the flu, the highest toll in more than 40 years.  Flu is contagious and serious outcomes can result in hospitalization or death, especially for some people like the older people and young children. Also, people with certain conditions such as asthma, heart disease, blood, kidney, live and endocrine disorders such as diabetes, among others, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year.

Reasons you should get the flu shot….

The Flu Shot is your family’s best defense against the Flu:  The flu virus is spread through contact with infected people.  Getting the Flu Shot protects you and those you love.  
Remember, the Flu Shot can’t give you the Flu!

The Flu can be very dangerous:  The flu kills about 36,000 people each year. The flu is especially dangerous for the elderly, young and those with heart or lung problems.

Free Flu Shot Information:

Free flu shots will be available for Veterans enrolled in the VA Maryland Health Care System beginning October 1st.

A Walk-in Flu Clinic will be held at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on the second floor behind the elevators Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays) from October 1st through November 16th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Flu vaccines are given in your upper arm, please wear clothing that will allow easy access your upper arm.

You can also receive your flu vaccine at any VA Maryland Health Care System facility throughout the Flu Season:

  • During a scheduled Primary Care and Specialty Care Clinic visit. 
  • By walking into the Primary Care Clinic between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost Standard flu shots to enrolled Veterans from August 15, 2018 through March 31, 2019.  No appointment is needed; simply go to any Walgreen’s, tell the Pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.  Your immunization will be updated electronically to the VA electronic medical records system.  Walgreens can administer the adjuvanted or high dose flu vaccine, however, these vaccines are NOT offered at no-cost to Veterans and you may be charged for the vaccine if your insurance does not cover it


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