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

Get Your Flu Shot!
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 ~ 60,000 different locations across the country.
Click this link for community care flu shot details.
More details and options are below.
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!
These include pharmacies at Walgreens, Safeway, CVS, Walmart, Costco, Wegmans and Kroger.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care may receive their flu shots, free-of-charge.  Please bring with you any form of government issued I.D. with photo.

**High dose flu shot recommended for adults aged 65 and older. Please call to verify that the high dose flu shot is available at the in-network pharmacy before driving out.

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 partner.

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;
Show your government-issued ID card and provide the pharmacist with Group Number: RX3841.  
  • 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 to find in VA network community pharmacy or urgent care location near you to get your flu shot.

Click this image for a one-page info sheet for Veterans and Providers.
Print or show this document to your Community Care Network provider.
Flu shot info for Vets and Community Care Network Providers

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...
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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.

Billing Details for non-VA Community Providers

Here are billing codes for VA Community Care Network retail pharmacies or urgent care/walk-in care clinics to properly bill the VA. 

Referred Care 
BIN: 003858
PCN: A4 


Urgent Care
BIN: 003858
Person Code: 01
PCN: A4 
Group: VAPC3RX 

Flu Shot
Bin:  003858 
Personal Code:  01 
PCN:  A4