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Flu Shot Clinic - 

We have received our Flu Vaccination delivery from the manufacturer and are giving the Flu Vaccine to Veterans.

If you choose to get your flu shot in the community, please let us know so we can update your records.  You can:
1) Use MyHealtheVet to send your healthcare team a secure message  OR
2) Return the postcard you received in a sealed envelope OR
3) Leave a voice mail at 503-273-5225.  Please remember that this number is only to let us know that you got your flu shot.  It is not a call back line.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

Influenza or Flu Information

Veterans enrolled in VA health care may receive their flu shots, free-of-charge. No appointment is necessary. Please bring your Veteran's ID card with you.

Flu shots will be available at the locations listed below — For the most current information patients are encouraged to call the Flu hotline number, before leaving home, at 503-808-1923 or outside Portland at 800-949-1004, ext. 51923.

Veterans with scheduled medical appointments at any of the VA facilities should ask for their flu vaccination at that time.

This year, you also can go to your local Walgreens Pharmacy to get a flu shot. Just show your VA ID card to the pharmacist. There is no cost for most Veterans when they use Walgreens Pharmacy.

You do not need an appointment to get a flu shot in any of the walk-in flu clinics or at Walgreens Pharmacy. Veterans with scheduled medical appointments at any of the VA facilities can ask for their flu shot at that time.

Influenza or “the flu” is caused by a virus and can be a serious infection. The flu can be prevented easily or at least made less severe by getting a flu shot. The best time to get a flu shot is as soon as the vaccine becomes available in September. However, getting a flu shot later still will protect you from the flu.

The flu spreads easily from person to person. The infection can be mild, but it also can cause severe illness and even death. Certain people are at greater risk for serious illness if they get the flu. This includes older persons, young children and pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease; and people who live in facilities like nursing homes.

All persons aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination, including persons with minor egg allergies. For most people with minor egg allergies, the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh the risks of getting the flu. If you are allergic to eggs, please tell your health care provider so that special precautions can be made.

The flu shot is safe and it works. While it is not 100% effective in preventing the flu, if you get the shot and still get the flu, it is usually far less serious than if you did not get the shot. Sometimes there are side effects from the shot that may be mistaken for the flu, such as a sore arm, body aches or a slight fever.

In addition to getting the flu shot, there are other things you can do to avoid getting or spreading the flu:

• Wash your hands often;

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

• Stay home when you are sick if possible; and

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

For information about the dates, times and locations of walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinics, please call the hotline at (503) 220-8262, press 2, and then the number for your clinic.

Portland VA Medical Center:

The Annual Influenza Vaccination Campaign began September 18, 2014 in the Portland VA Medical Center Atrium in the main hospital and at your health clinic. The main hospital is open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except holidays. Check with your local clinic or the telephone message line for hours of operation at your local clinic.

Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic:

located at 2650 NE Courtney Drive in Bend, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic in the afternoons Monday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) Outreach Clinic:

located at 308 SW 1st Street in Downtown Portland by the Oak Street MAX stop, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday only, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

East Portland Community Based Outpatient Clinic:

located at 10535 NE Glisan St. in the Gateway Medical Bldg. 2nd floor in Portland, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Hillsboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic:

located at 1925 Amberglen Parkway, 3rd Floor in Hillsboro, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination clinic, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Newport Outreach Clinic:

located at 1010 SW Coast Highway in Newport, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to Noon, and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

North Coast Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Camp Rilea):

located at Camp Rilea, 91400 Rilea, Neacoxie St. Bldg. 7315, Warrenton, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic on Monday from  1 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 - 11 a.m., excluding holidays.

Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic:

located at 1660 Oak Street SE in Salem, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

The Dalles Outreach Clinic:

located at 704 Veterans Drive in The Dalles, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday only, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays.

Vancouver Primary Care Clinic:

located at 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

West Linn Clinic:

located at 1750 SW Blankenship Rd, Suite 300 in West Linn, is hosting a walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Women Veterans can receive the Flu shot at the walk-in Flu Immunization Clinic in the Portland VA Hospital Atrium, located at 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd. in Portland Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m or at The Center for Women Veteran's Health Clinic located at PVAMC in Building 104, on Tuesday, from Noon - 3:30 p.m and on Friday, from 9 a.m. to Noon, excluding holidays.