Hampton Roads Veterans Eligible for Free Flu Shots - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton Roads Veterans Eligible for Free Flu Shots

  Hampton VAMC officially kicks off Flu Shot campaign

Hampton VAMC officially kicks off Flu Shot campaign

By Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hampton, Va. ~ The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging eligible military Veterans throughout the area to get a free influenza vaccination at the nearest VA medical center or outpatient clinic.  Influenza is more than a bad cold - it is a serious disease.  More than 36,000 people die from the flu each year in the United States, with another 200,000 requiring hospitalization from flu related complications.

It's not too late to be vaccinated against the flu this season. Veterans enrolled with the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) can get free flu shots at the following VA walk-in clinics:

- Hampton VAMC Outpatient Clinics:

Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Virginia Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC):

Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

Eligible Veterans do not need an appointment to get a vaccination during one of the VA walk-in clinics. Veterans can also receive their vaccination from the Hampton VAMC during their annual primary care visit.

Vaccination is especially important for people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, chronic bronchitis, a weakened immune system and HIV.  Besides these groups, the VA also recommends that all Veterans age 50 or older receive the vaccine. The influenza virus changes every year, so it is important to get a flu shot every year.

For general information about the Hampton VAMC flu shot program, please call (757) 722-9961, extension 2602.  Veterans in Virginia and North Carolina who want information on how enroll for VA health care can contact the Enrollment Center for the Hampton VAMC,  Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-757-722-9961, extension 4792 .

 

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