VA Maryland Health Care System
Seasonal Flu Shot Schedule and Information
Monday, October 18, 2010The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging eligible military Veterans throughout the state to get a free influenza vaccination at the nearest VA Maryland Health Care System medical center or outpatient clinic. Influenza is more than a bad cold – it is a serious disease. More than 36,000 people die from the flu each year in the United States, with another 226,000 requiring hospitalization from flu related complications.
This year's flu vaccine will contain the H1N1 and H3N2 influenza strains, as well as the influenza B strain. Unlike last flu season where both an H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination were offered separately, only one shot will be required this flu season.
Veterans enrolled with the VA Maryland Health Care System can get free flu shots at the following VA walk-in clinics:
- Baltimore VA Medical Center 2nd Floor Lobby Flu Shot Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Baltimore VA Medical Center Primary Care Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Baltimore VA Medical Center Pharmacy Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Perry Point VA Medical Center Primary Care Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Fort Howard VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Glen Burnie VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As an added convenience, the VA Maryland Health Care System will be offering two Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics for enrolled Veterans. The Drive-Thru Clinics will be offered in the parking area in front of the Primary Care Clinic (Building 361) at the Perry Point VA Medical Center on Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the parking garage at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on Saturday, October 23, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As part of the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics, Veterans will be able to get their flu vaccination without having to get out of their car. Eligible Veterans should bring their VA identification card to the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic to expedite the process.
Vaccination is especially important for people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, chronic bronchitis, a weakened immune system, and HIV. Besides these groups, the VA also recommends that all Veterans age 50 or older receive the vaccine. The influenza virus changes every year, so it is important to get a flu shot every year.
Veterans who want to enroll for VA care can contact the Eligibility & Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324.