VA Portland Health Care System
Get your flu shots now
The Annual Influenza Immunization Campaign at VA Portland Health Care System is on!
Get your flu shot at your local VA Portland clinic now.
Your clinic offers walk-in flu shots during all open hours. You may be asked to wait 15-20 minutes.
Between Monday, September 26, 2016 and Wednesday, November 23, 2016, you can stop by the Atrium of the main Portland VA Medical Center to get your shot. The walk-in clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, except weekends and holidays.
You also can get your flu shot at a local Walgreens Pharmacy for free. Show your Veteran identification card and another photo ID to get the shot.
You do not need an appointment to get a flu shot at a walk-in flu clinic or a Walgreens Pharmacy. Veterans with scheduled medical appointments at any VA facility can ask for a flu shot at that time.
At VA and at Walgreens, you will be offered a regular dose of the flu shot. You may have heard that Veterans aged 65 and older can receive a different vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that the regular dose is effective with all persons aged 6 months and older.
Why should you get a flu shot each year?
Influenza or “the flu” is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. The infection can be mild, but it also can cause severe illness or death. Even healthy or younger people can get the flu. Certain people are at greater risk for severe 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 places like nursing homes.
All persons aged 6 months and older should get a flu shot, including persons with minor egg allergies. For most people with minor egg allergies, the benefits of getting a flu shot are greater than the risks of getting the flu. If you have allergies 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;
• If possible, stay home when you are sick; and
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
If you get your flu shot outside of the VA or Walgreens, please leave us a a voice mail message to let us know at (503) 273-5225.
Protect yourself, the ones you love, and others around you by getting a flu shot this year.