VA offering free flu shots for veterans
by Submitted via Email | November 28, 2016 5:57 am
Last Updated: November 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm
The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is offering the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost to Veterans to help keep them healthy.
Also, all VA-enrolled Veterans with a VA ID and any other form of identification can receive their annual flu vaccination from any Walgreens. Simply, let the Walgreen pharmacy technician know that your flu shot is covered under a program through the VA and Walgreens and your vaccination information will be securely transmitted by Walgreens to Dorn VAMC.
At Dorn VAMC, Veterans can visit their Primary Care Clinic, Medical Clinic, or Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to get their flu shot during scheduled appointments or on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Flu shots are also available at Dorn’s Mental Health Clinics on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
If a Veteran has not applied for VA health care, visit www.1010ez.med.va.gov.
According to the Center for Disease Control, flu is a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person and getting a flu vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Flu season usually begins in the fall and can continue through late spring. The flu causes more than 225,000 hospitalizations and about 36,000 deaths annually.
The Dorn VAMC, and its seven community-based outpatient clinics, provides care for more than 83,000 Veterans throughout South Carolina.