VA North Texas Health Care System
VA North Texas Encourages Veterans to Get Their Flu Shot
Flu shots are available, and VA North Texas is reminding all veterans with an honorable discharge from the military to get their flu shot. It only takes one shot to protect against the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu) and is the single best way to prevent the disease.
Flu season brings an increased opportunity of illness for many individuals, and more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized every year from flu complications. Everyone, especially high risk groups including children younger than 5, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions, should receive a flu vaccination each year.
Flu shots are provided during VA clinic appointments and walk-in flu clinics available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Dallas VA Medical Center Atrium, Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic, and Bonham VA. Veterans can also receive a flu shot at VA North Texas community-based outpatient clinic locations.
Get a flu shot without leaving your vehicle during drive-thru flu clinic opportunities scheduled Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, December 3, 2011, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at:
- Dallas VA Medical Center: 4500 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX 75216
- Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic: 2201 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76119
- Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham: 1201 E. Ninth, Bonham, TX 75418
- Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic: 3414 Golden Road, Tyler, TX 75701
Veterans receiving the flu shot must present their veteran identification card, discharge certificate or DD214.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, and/or sore throat. If you develop these conditions, stay home from work or school; get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. Over-the-counter medications can relieve flu symptoms, but you are encouraged to call 911 if difficult breathing, chest pain or pressure, dizziness, confusion or severe vomiting develops.
Some helpful precautionary steps to practice during the flu season are to avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick - your friends and co-workers will appreciate it, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and this one can’t be stressed enough – WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Know what to do about the flu. Visit www.flu.gov for more information.