No Cost Flu Shots for VA Enrolled Patients

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If you are enrolled in the VA Health Care System, getting your flu shot at Walgreens or Duane Reade is easy.

 There has been a resurgence of influenza infections late in this flu season, so give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift of health by getting a no cost flu vaccination by simply walking into your nearest VA medical facility or one of the 8000 partnering Walgreens Pharmacies and getting a vaccination!

The Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2017.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend the high dose (HD) vaccine for people over 65 and so this no-cost vaccination through Walgreens is of Trivalent at the standard dosage. If you wish to receive an HD vaccination please visit your nearest VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic for that vaccination.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination at Walgreens simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination.

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this 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.

To find your local VA, visit va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp
To locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733), or go to com/findastore
To learn more about the partnership, call 1-877-771-8537 or visit http://www.va.gov/PURCHASEDCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp
To get more information on flu and flu vaccine, visit publichealth.va.gov/flu or www.cdc.gov/flu