VAPORHCS Flu Shot Information Page - VA Portland Health Care System
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VAPORHCS Flu Shot Information Page

Get Your Flu Shot!

VA Portland has the 2021-22 influenza vaccinations!

Get yours at your regularly scheduled appointment.

You can get a flu shot for NO COST in the community at many different pharmacy locations across the country.

Simply go to...
1. Put in your city, state or postal code
2. Under "Facility Type," choose "Community Pharmacies (in VA's network)"
(Note some, but not all, "Urgent Care" facilities may provide flu shots.)
3. Click "Search" and contact the facility that works for you.
4. Be sure to state you are a Veteran with the VA and bring a picture ID.

It can be very helpful to have this
Billing Information Card
for Veterans 
when you go to a community pharmacy to get your flu shot.

An annual flu vaccination is an important step to battle influenza during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Healthy Living Matters, Prevention Works

 Get a flu shot today at your regularly scheduled VA appointment or in the community with a
VA community care pharmacy.

  • 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.

Visit to find in VA network community pharmacy or urgent care location near you to get your flu shot. Please call in advance to confirm their ability & process to get a flu shot.

VA Portland Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics

Portland VA Medical Center;
Sunday October 17, 2021
P2 parking garage
(follow signs)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Vancouver VA Campus;
Saturday, October 16, 2021
In front of Building 20
(follow signs)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fairview VA Clinic;
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Parking Lot
(follow signs)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Salem VA Clinic;
Saturday, October 16, 2021
East Parking Lot (near flag pole)
(follow signs)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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.


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.