Flu season is here, and getting your flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself, as well as your loved ones, against the flu virus. For veterans, getting a flu shot has never been easier.
More than 8,000 locations now offer free flu shots for eligible veterans through a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnership with Walgreens.
Studies show that if you plan when and where to get your flu shot, you are more likely to get one. So what are the options?
Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system may opt to get a free flu shot at a local VA health care facility or at a neighborhood Walgreens drug store. Veterans can receive a free flu shot at their VA health care facility during any scheduled appointment or at a convenient walk-in flu station.
Alternatively, veteran patients may visit their local Walgreens to get a flu shot where an appointment is not required. Participation is strictly voluntary, and while there is no cost, veterans should show their Veteran Identification Card and another form of ID.
The record of the flu shot from Walgreens will be included in the veteran’s VA electronic health record immunization record. Veterans who choose the Walgreens’ option should use Group Code # 5933XBAYV or download the flu form (http://www.ehealth.va.gov/campaign/rrcp/2015_VA_RCCP_W_Flu_RegForm_100815.pdf ). Wherever you choose to get vaccinated, the best choice for your health is to get a flu shot.
Note: Reference to non-VA pharmacies, including Walgreens, does not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations, their services or products. If your local pharmacy is not currently participating in the VA Retail Immunization Program, they may participate in the future as the program expands.
Vaccine is subject to availability. State and health-related restrictions may apply. If you do not have insurance coverage, there may be a charge for a flu shot after March 31, 2016. (Source: The Rural Connection | Fall 2015)
Thomas Crisp is a retired military officer from Whitmire.