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Free Flu Shots Available for Enrolled Veterans

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The easiest way to protect yourself and those around you is by getting vaccinated.

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Miami VA Healthcare System is now offering free flu shots for enrolled Veterans at all its outpatient clinics.

But who should get a flu shot? Does it make you sick? Is it safe? Where can enrolled Veterans get a free flu shot from the Miami VA? We have the answers to your most common flu questions.

Common Questions about the Flu Vaccine

  • Who should get a flu shot?
    Influenza is a common, often miserable, illness that can cause serious health problems in some people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention** recommends that every person age 6 months of age and older should receive a flu shot every season.
  • Can I get the flu from a flu shot?
    This is a common question. According to the CDC**, you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Only inactive (dead) flu viruses are used to make the flu shot vaccines.
  • What if I get the flu soon after getting a flu shot?
    This could mean:
    - You were exposed to the flu virus before the flu shot took effect.
    - You have a weak immune system or other illness that causes your body to take longer to make antibodies and build immunity.
    - Your body fails to make antibodies after getting a flu shot.
    - The flu shot vaccine does not match all the flu viruses that are currently spreading.
  • Are flu shots safe?
    The CDC says flu vaccines are one of the safest medical products in use today.** Flu shots are also the easiest way for people to protect themselves and their families from the flu.

Where can enrolled Veterans get a free flu shot from the Miami VA?

1. During Scheduled Appointments. Enrolled Veterans can request a free flu shot during any scheduled appointment.

2. Walk-in Basis. Enrolled Veterans can take their Veteran's ID card and request a free flu shot a walk-in basis at all Miami VA Healthcare System outpatient clinics. Below are the best times to quickly get your flu shot.

Bruce W. Carter
VAMC Lobby

Monday-Friday
7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Homestead
CBOC

Monday-Saturday
7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pembroke Pines
CBOC

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Deerfield Beach
CBOC

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Key Largo
CBOC

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

William "Bill" Kling
VA Clinic

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hollywood
CBOC

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Key West
OC

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 


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Walgreens. VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from Aug. 20, 2018 through March 31, 2019, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,200 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID. For more information visit the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program page.

What if I received a flu shot outside the VA health care system?

If you received this year's flu vaccine outside the VA health care system, please help us keep your medical records up-to-date by calling our Care Line at 305-575-7030. The Care Line is open every Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where can Veterans and their families get more information about the flu vaccine?

For more information about flu vaccinations visit the CDC** or VHA Public Health websites.

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