October 26, 2012
VA patients offered to “stomp out the flu” with free flu shots
Starting Monday, October 29, 2012, through November 9, 2012, Veterans can get their season flu vaccination at one of the walk-in flu vaccination clinics at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) facilities in Temple and Waco. The vaccination is free for all Veterans enrolled in the health care system.
CTVHCS launched its 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccination campaign earlier in this month at all of its facilities in Central Texas. Veterans can receive their flu vaccination at any VA medical center or outpatient facility throughout Central Texas at the Veteran’s Primary Care Provider Clinic.
Walk-In Clinics schedules:
• Temple: Walk-in clinics at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center will be located in the waiting area for the Laboratory check in/Travel Pay in the Teague Tower (Building 163) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive in Temple
• Waco: Walk-in clinics at the Waco VA Medical Center will in the outpatient clinic located in Room BA165 in the basement of Building 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 4800 Memorial Drive in Waco
Drive-Through Clinics schedules:
• Temple: November 6 and 7, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valet Parking area outside of the Teague Hospital (Building 204).
• Waco: Date to be announced for sometime in November.
This year’s vaccination will protect against the strains A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011(H3N2)-like virus; and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus. Normally, flu vaccine is reformulated each year to match the influenza viruses expected to circulate; however, experts anticipate continuing to see the same types of flu as last year.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The seasonal flu vaccine will be available through March 31, 2013, from the Primary Care Clinics. Veterans may also call the Flu Vaccination Hotline at 1-866-613-1482 to report receiving the flu vaccine elsewhere or to receive the most recent flu vaccine information from Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. For contact numbers to other Central Texas facilities, visit the website: http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/..