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The Flu Season Is Here! Flu shots are now available for enrolled Veterans. Ask for a flu shot at your next clinic appointment or during our “Flu Shot” walk-in clinics on October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th and October 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Primary Care Clinics 1 and 3. If these times are not convenient, you may also contact your Primary Care Clinic to schedule an appointment with your nurse. You may also get a free flu shot at any Walgreens Pharmacy near you – remember to bring your VA issued ID with you
About the Flu
Influenza (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.
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other public health experts study influenza virus samples and global disease patterns to identify virus strains likely to cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season.
Based on that information and the recommendations of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, the strains selected for inclusion in the 2012-2013 flu vaccines are: