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Veteran Health Indiana

 

Flu information for Veterans

Veteran patients can get their flu shot from their primary care clinic or you can simply ask for your flu shot at your next VA health care appointment. 

Veterans -  you can also get your vaccine at any of our community locations .

Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system can now choose to get a no-cost flu shot at a local Walgreens. No appointment is required. Veteran patients may go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist they receive care at a VA facility and show their Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID to receive a flu shot. The Veteran also needs this letter.  

 

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.


 

 The FLU Ends with U – www.flu.gov