October 2, 2012
VA Offers Eligible Veterans Seasonal Flu Vaccine
The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Oct. 9. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility.
Veterans must be enrolled in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System to be eligible to receive the flu vaccination. Veterans not already enrolled may apply for enrollment at their nearest VA clinic. If the Veteran meets current requirements for enrollment, he or she may be provided the vaccination.
Veterans are encouraged to receive their flu vaccination during their regularly scheduled appointments in the primary care, mental health and specialty clinics. However, a walk-in flu clinic is also available at the VA facilities during the following dates and times:
VA Clinic through Avera St. Anthony’s Outreach Clinic
555. E. John Street, O’Neill, Neb., 402-336-2982
Mondays through Fridays,
8 a.m. - noon
1 - 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: Walk-in flu clinics will not be available when the VA outpatient clinics are closed for federal holidays.
The flu vaccination is the single most effective way to prevent getting the flu. The flu vaccination helps to prevent infection caused by influenza viruses. There are many kinds of influenza viruses, but the vaccine is produced to fight those most likely to cause flu in a particular year. This makes it especially important to receive a flu vaccine every year.
Veterans can learn more about steps to protect themselves from the seasonal flu at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/flu.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.va.gov.