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VA Maryland Health Care System


Health Watch: Fall Winter 2017-2018

Flu Shot

Avoid the Misery of the Flu!

Veterans enrolled in the VA Maryland Health Care System can get free flu shots at VA walk-in flu shot clinics. No appointment necessary! Call the Flu Information Line at 800-463-6295, ext. 7273 for a listing of VA flu shot clinic dates and locations. You can also receive the flu vaccination during your routine Primary Care or Specialty Care visits, or you can walk into the Primary Care Clinic, Mondays-Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at any VA Maryland Health Care System medical center or outpatient clinic throughout the flu season.

Veterans can also receive a flu shot at a local Walgreens with a VA ID card and another photo ID. You may be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service. Walgreens will automatically update your VA Electronic Health Record to indicate that you received your flu vaccination.

Please note that Walgreens will only provide the Standard-dose vaccine for free. They will charge a fee for the High-dose vaccination. Veterans needing the High-dose vaccine can request it at any VA Maryland Health Care facility. Veterans 75 and older will receive the High-dose vaccine because it provides them with better protections against the flu. Other Veterans receiving the High-dose vaccine include those with compromised immune systems, those with heart and lung issues, and those receiving immunosuppressive medications.

Reasons you should get the flu shot…

The influenza virus changes every year, so it is important to get a flu shot every year.

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, the young and those with heart or lung problems.

For medical advice or questions about the flu, please call the Telephone Care Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-865-2441. If you receive your flu shot at a non-VA health care facility other then Walgreens, please call the Flu Information Line at 800-463-6295, ext. 7273 so we can update your health record.

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