Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Flu Shots Available
It’s time for Veterans to get their flu shots. VA-enrolled Veterans may now receive free flu shots at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System facilities through their primary care clinic, or the geriatric clinic. A drop-in flu clinic will offer free shots beginning Monday, October 1, in room 1C-133 of the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.
In addition, VA-enrolled Veterans may receive a free vaccine at any Walgreens location, but they will need to have their VA card with them at the time. The CAVHS primary clinics and geriatric care clinic at Eugene J. Towbin Medical Center in North Little Rock began offering flu shots this week.
The flu vaccine is a Veteran’s best protection against the flu, which usually begins in the fall and may continue through late spring. Those more at risk of illness and complications from the flu include: Veterans age 65 and older; Veterans with health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and other chronic illnesses or conditions; pregnant Veterans; caregivers of Veterans with health problems.
Flu viruses can change over time, so every year the flu shot vaccine is updated to protect against the flu viruses most likely to spread that year. Viruses may change after the flu shot is made, however, Veterans receiving the vaccine will still get some protection. More information can be found at the VA’s Public Health web site, https://www.publichealth.va.gov/flu/