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Seasonal Flu Vaccination Information

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VA offers walk-in seasonal flu vaccination clinic

VA patients get your free flu shots now , so you can stay well and enjoy all of the upcoming festivities!

CTVHCS launched its 2016-2017 seasonal flu vaccination campaign in September 2016 at all of its facilities in Central Texas.  Veteran patients can receive their flu vaccination at any VA medical center or outpatient facility throughout Central Texas at the Veteran’s Primary Care Aligned Team (PACT) and/or Specialty Care appointments.

Another walk-in flu shot clinic will be offered Monday through Friday from October 24-November 4, 2016, Veterans can get a flu vaccination without an appointment at one of the Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics located in Temple, Waco, Austin, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Cedar Park, Palestine, and LaGrange.  The vaccination is free for all Veteran patients enrolled in the health care system.  Veterans who are registered with VA can also get their flu vaccination at Walgreens (see more information below).

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 the elderly, 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.

This year’s vaccination will protect against the strains A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus; and B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus (this is B/Victoria lineage virus). Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine is updated each year based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, how those viruses are spreading, and how well the previous season’s vaccine protects against those viruses.

The seasonal flu vaccine will be available through March 31, 2017, through the PACT and/or Specialty care teams.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anil Desai at 42907 or Ms. Elicia Greene at 40298 or Dr. Van Wormer at 40366

Another source to get your flu shots is Walgreens.  All veterans who are currently enrolled in VA care may walk into any of the over 8,000 Walgreens  nationally to receive a vaccination at no cost. After presenting a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, a Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine and transmits that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record. This program has been especially beneficial to enrolled Veterans who live in rural areas. Because many may live at greater distances from VHA medical facilities, the Walgreens/VHA partnership provides increased access to flu vaccine.VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu. No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a free flu shot.