Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
Tuscaloosa VAMC is ready for flu season
With flu season approaching, Veterans have two options through VA for getting a no-cost flu vaccination nationwide:
Free flu shots will be given at all VA Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. A Veteran simply needs to visit any VA medical facility and ask for a vaccination or ask their primary care physician for a flu shot during an appointment. Veterans can also receive a no-cost vaccination is through the VA-Walgreens partnership. There are 9,600 Walgreens pharmacies nationally. The Veteran simply needs to visit a Walgreens pharmacy and present their Veterans Health Identification Card and one other form of photo ID to receive a vaccination.
Another perk of the VA-Walgreens partnership is information sharing. When a Walgreens pharmacist administers the shot, the immunization information is transmitted to VA through the eHealth Exchange. The immunization becomes part of the Veteran’s VA health record. The Walgreens immunization records are automatically available for VA clinicians to review within 24 hours.
For the 2019-2020 flu season, the no-cost option is for the quadrivalent version of the vaccine only. There will be no high-dose option this year at either VA medical facilities or Walgreens.
To find your nearest participating Walgreens partner, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733), or go to www.walgreens.com/findastore.
For more information about this benefit, visit www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp.
Glenn A. Johnson is the chief of Health Care Media for the VHA Office of Community Care.