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VA Encourages Veterans to Get Their Flu Shot

Who needs a flu vaccine?

You need a flu shot to keep yourself and everyone around you healthy. Even healthy people get the flu, and it can become serious.

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s flu season, and VA North Texas Health Care System is reminding all Veteran patients to get a flu shot. Early prevention is key to give your body time to build up immunity.

Flu shots are available at all VA North Texas facilities and community-based outpatient clinics for Veterans with an honorable discharge from the military who present their Veteran identification card, discharge certificate or DD214. Veterans can receive flu shots at their regular clinic appointments or walk-in and drive-thru clinics at times and locations listed below.

If you are allergic to eggs, see your provider and learn about the egg-free vaccine. Everyone, especially high risk groups including the elderly and people with certain health conditions, should receive a flu vaccination each year.

Walk-in: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
   • Dallas VA Medical Center near the Atrium
   • Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Specialty Clinic in
     building 1, 4th floor
   • Tyler VA Primary Care Outpatient Clinic

Drive-through: Saturday, November 7, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at these VA facilities:
   • Dallas VA Medical Center: south entrance 
     4500 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas, TX 75216
   • Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham: west entrance building 1
     1201 E. 9th St., Bonham, TX 75418
   • Tyler VA Primary Care Outpatient Clinic 
     7916 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75703

Drive-through: Saturday, October 17 and October 31, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
   • Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic: ambulance entrance
     2201 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Should flu-like symptoms develop, including fever, cough and/or sore throat, rest at home and drink plenty of liquids. Over-the-counter flu medications may relieve symptoms, but consult your doctor for possible interactions with other medications you are taking. Alcohol and/or tobacco should be avoided. Call 911 if you develop difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, dizziness, confusion or severe vomiting.

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