Free flu vaccines available to veterans

Veterans Administration
POSTED: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

From Veterans Administration:

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System launched its flu campaign Oct. 18, with a free Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinic for Veterans enrolled in the health care system. This year’s vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.

Veterans are welcome to receive their vaccine within their VA Primary Care Clinic or at one of the walk-in or drive-through clinics:

All walk-in flu vaccination clinics are open Monday through Friday through Nov. 29.

• In Temple, the walk-in clinic is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center with locations in the Teague Hospital lobby near valet parking and in the Teague Tower main entrance lobby.
• At the Waco VA Medical Center, Veterans may receive their vaccination at the walk-in clinic located in Room BA165 in the basement of Building 4 from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
• At the Austin Outpatient Clinic, the walk-in clinic is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 747 (left from the main entrance).

Drive-through flu vaccination clinics are set for Oct. 25 through Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m.at both the Temple and Waco VA campuses. For Temple, the drive-through clinic will be located at the Valet Parking area outside of the Teague Hospital Building. In Waco, the drive-through clinic will be located on Quarters Drive next to Building 19 (first right at the main entrance of the Waco VA Medical Center).

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The seasonal flu vaccine will be available through March 31, 2011, from the Primary Care Clinics. For more information, call (254) 743-0357. Veterans may also call the Flu Vaccination Hotline at 1-866-613-1482 to report receiving the flu vaccine elsewhere or to receive the most recent flu vaccine information from Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. For more Central Texas locations, visit the website: www.centraltexas.va.gov.
 

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