Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Miami VA Healthcare System

Menu
Menu
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My HealtheVet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

Flu Shots

learn about who needs a flu vaccine

Flu shots for the 2018-2019 influenza season are now available for enrolled Veterans at all Miami VA locations listed below. Flu season is from August to April. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season is to get a flu shot.

Influenza is a common, often miserable, illness that can be serious for some people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* recommends that every person age 6 months and older receive a flu shot. Remember, you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. For more information about flu vaccinations visit the CDC* or VHA Public Health websites.

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 I get a flu shot?

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.

Miami

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

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

Homestead

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

Pembroke Pines

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

Deerfield Beach

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

Key Largo

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

Sunrise

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

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

Hollywood

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

Key West

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

 


 

3. 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 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 - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How can I apply for VA Health Care?

If you are a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care, please contact our Eligibility Office to learn how and where you can apply, or apply online at www.vets.gov/healthcare/apply/.

Miami VA Eligibility Office
Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center
Room 1E004 (located in the Emergency Department)
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
305-575-7000, ext. 3175

Where can I get more information about the flu vaccine?

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