Flu information for Enrolled Veterans - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana

 

Flu information for Enrolled Veterans

LET'S KNOCK FLU OUT OF THE PICTURE!

Flu season this year occurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu and COVID-19 can each lead to severe illness, hospitalization or death. The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu.

Enrolled Veteran patients can get flu shots in the following ways at VA:

  • During a Primary Care in-person visit
  • During a Specialty Care in-person visit
  • During a Mental Health in-person visit
  • During an ER visit
  • During an inpatient admission
  • At any of our community locations .
  • From a mobile medical van (see schedule below)
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Drive Thru Flu Clinic at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

1481 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking Lot A (along West 10th Street) – Follow flu vaccine signs to white tent.

Monday through Friday hours:  8 AM to 3 PM – Available through November 20

Saturday hours:  9 AM to 1 PM – Available September 19 through October 24


We will be taking our mobile medical vans to community locations through November to set up special Drive Thru Flu Clinics for enrolled Veterans.  Be sure to come out and get your flu vaccination:

Drive Thru Flu Clinics are open from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and 12 to 2 PM at the schedule below.  Please be sure to bring your VA card and wear a short sleeve shirt:

Bloomington VA Clinic, 2100 South Liberty Drive, Suite B, Bloomington, IN 47403

October 20 or 27

November 3, 10 or 17


Crane VA Clinic/Purdue at WestGate Academy, 13598 East Westgate Drive, Odon, IN 47562

October 30

November 5

 

Indy West VA Clinic, 3850 Shore Drive, Suite 203, Indianapolis, IN 46254

October 23 or 30

November 6, 13 or 20

 

Martinsville VA Clinic, 2200 John R. Wooden Drive, Martinsville, IN 46151

November 2 or 16

 

Shelbyville VA Clinic, 30 West Rampart Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176

October 26

November 9

 

Terre Haute VA Clinic, 380 West Honey Creek Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802

October 21 or 28

November 4 or 18

 

Wakeman VA Clinic, 3791 10th Street, Building 1010, Edinburgh, IN 46124

October 22

November 5 or 19

 

West Lafayette VA Clinic, 3851 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906

October 29

November 12

 


Community Care Options

Patients can use Community Care Network pharmacies and walk-in care for no-cost, no co-pay flu shots.  Flu shots are not counted as an urgent visit at the “in-network” locations (CVS; COSTCO; Kroger; Walmart; SAFEWAY; and Wegmans). Patients show their VA ID and a valid government photo ID. Patients can send a MyHealtheVet secure message with a copy of the vaccination record to their Primary Care Team. 

If you have a probem getting your flu vaccination in the community, please let us know.  Send an email with details to VHACCNTransitionMB@va.gov

 

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.


 FLU AND COVID-19 CAN BOTH LEAD TO SERIOUS ILLNESS