Reasons you should get the flu shot….
The flu shot is your family’s best defense against the flu: The first and most important step in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. The flu virus is spread through contact with infected people, so 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 hospitalizes about 200,00 people yearly and there are approximately 36,000 people who die each year. The flu is especially dangerous for the elderly, the very 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 1, 2019.
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 December 20, 2019, 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 to 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 any Primary Care Clinic between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at any one of the VA Maryland Health Care System facilities.
- VA and Walgreens are national partners. Walgreens will be providing no-cost Standard flu shots to enrolled Veterans from mid-September through March 31, 2019 (or when supplies are exhausted). No appointment is needed; simply go to any Walgreen’s, tell the Pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID. Your immunization will be updated electronically to the VA electronic medical records system. For more information and resources:
If you received your flu vaccine outside of the VA Maryland Health Care System or Walgreens, please call your provider and tell us where you went to get your flu shot, your full name, your last four and your date of birth so that we can update your electronic medical record.