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Get your flu shot today

We can do it! We can fight COVID-19 & flu together. Get a flu shot… Wear a mask… Stay 6 feet apart.

VAPORHCS has the 2020-21 influenza vaccinations! Get yours today at your regularly scheduled appointment. You can get a flu shot for NO COST in the community at thousands of different locations across the country. Details and options are below.

By VAPORHCS
Friday, September 11, 2020

Get Your Flu Shot!

An annual flu vaccination is an important step to battle Influenza during the coronavirus pandemic. The VA has many options for you to receive a flu vaccine and also some new options for Veterans to get vaccinated for free at a local pharmacy or urgent care/walk-in care clinics near you!

Veterans enrolled in VA health care may receive their flu shots, free-of-charge.  Please bring your Veteran's ID card with you.

Healthy Living Matters, Prevention Works
YOU have lots of ways to get a flu shot...

Free flu shot options for the 2020-2021 season; 

Drive-thru Flu Clinics
Saturdays
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m:

September 26, 2020  

October 3, 2020 

Locations include...

Portland VA Medical Center visitor parking garage (follow signs)
Vancouver Campus (in front of building 20 - see map)
West Linn Clinic (Walk-in only)
Salem Clinic
Hillsboro Clinic
Fairview ClinicBend Clinic


 

 Drive-thru Flu Clinics
During the week: 

        September 21 to October 30, 2020 
                          1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  
 
    * Salem Clinic is 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

 ** West Linn is 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m (Walk in)  

Locations include...

Portland VA Medical Center visitor parking garage (follow signs)
Vancouver Campus (in front of building 20 - see map)
*Salem Clinic
Hillsboro Clinic
**West Linn Clinic (walk-in only)


Community Care Options:

VA Community Care Network retail pharmacies or urgent care/walk-in care clinics 
will provide no-cost, no copayment flu vaccinations to Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system;  
  • Veterans must have received care through either the VA or VA community provider within the past 24 months to be eligible.
  • Veterans must show VA identification card or drivers license for a free flu shot. 
  • No Appointment or referral is required.
  • Veterans should tell the in-network community care staff they are an eligible Veteran who is enrolled in the VA.
Veterans may call 977-881-7618 or
visit www.va.gov/find-locations/ to find in VA network community pharmacy or urgent care location near you to get your flu shot.

During scheduled, primary care and specialty face-to-face appointments

 Veterans will need to go through COVID screening when entering any VA facility.
Face masks and physically distancing is required.
No visitors are allowed.


Questions?

Relay a message to your VAPORHCS provider by calling (503) 220-8262, option 2.

Click this link below for many details on WHY YOU should get a flu shot...
Learn more »

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.

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