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Flu Shots Offered Through VA-Walgreens Partnership

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VA-Walgreens Partnership Gives Vets 8,000 More Locations for Flu Shots

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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.  This year, getting your flu shot has never been even easier.  Over 8,000 locations are now offering free flu shots for eligible Vets through a VA-Walgreens partnership.

Studies show that if you plan when and where to get your flu shot, you are more likely to get one. So what are your options? You may opt to get a free flu shot at your local VA health care facility. (Be on the lookout for reminders in your My HealtheVet account or from your VA provider.) Or, you may choose to go to your neighborhood Walgreens.  Veterans enrolled in  the VA health care system have  many options to get their flu shot, your choice of either a VA medical center or clinic or a Walgreens drug store is virtually the same – the record of your flu shots from Walgreens will be included in your VA electronic health record.  So, you don’t have to remember where and when it was done and report it to your doctor.  The information will be seamlessly accessible to your VA clinicians. As an enrolled VA patient, you can get a no-cost flu shot at Walgreens from August 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016. To learn more call 1-877-771-8537.

If you choose a VA health care facility: You can receive a no cost flu shot during any scheduled appointment, if you are admitted to one of our VA health care facilities, or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations. For more information on locations and hours contact your local VA health care facility.

If you choose a Walgreens* drug store: If you are a Veteran patient, you may choose to get your flu shot at a local Walgreens. You can walk into any Walgreens to get your flu shot. No appointment is required. Your immunization record will be updated electronically in your local VA electronic health record. Participation is strictly voluntary, and all you have to do is show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of ID. Note that no-cost flu shots are available at Walgreens nationwide from August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. To get a no-cost flu shot at Walgreens during this time, enrolled Veterans must tell the pharmacist that you receive care at a VA health care facility, show your VA ID and Photo ID. Use Group Code # 5933XBAYV.

If you choose Non-VA Providers and Pharmacies: Many local retail pharmacies offer flu shots that may be covered by private insurance or programs such as Medicare. If you do not have insurance, there will usually be a charge.

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 currently not 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.

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