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Robley Rex VAMC Flu Fighters Combat the Flu

The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated.  Other things you can do to protect yourself include washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, staying away from people who are sick, and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated. Other things you can do to protect yourself include washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, staying away from people who are sick, and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall is a beautiful time of year; the leaves change, the weather becomes cooler, and the kids are finally back in school. But alas, along with autumnal fun, comes a sickening beast called the flu.

Never fear, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC) Flu Fighters are here and ready to combat that nasty flu beast with FREE FLU SHOTS.

“What a lot of people don’t realize, is the flu can be quite dangerous,” says Robley Rex VAMC Flu Fighter and Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager Betsey Foster.  “It might start out small, but can quickly become more than just a feverish, achy condition.  Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are hospitalized every year with complications from influenza.”

According to public health statistics published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), getting a yearly flu shot is the surest way to protect against getting the virus that year.  In an effort to make getting your vaccination as easy as possible, the Robley Rex VAMC Flu Fighters are roving our facilities setting up free shot stations at the VAMC as well as the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.  But, if you miss our fighters when they’re in your area, Foster says that you do have options.

“Talk to your primary care provider or someone at your local VA Clinic and they should be able to give you your free flu shot,” Foster says.  “If that’s not convenient, the VA does have a new partnership with Walgreens so you can get your flu shot in one of their stores, and they’ll let us know, so we can make sure that it’s updated in your medical record.”  

Foster cautions, though, that if you do chose to receive your flu shot at Walgreens, you might have to pay a small co-pay.

“There may be a charge for Veterans who do not have insurance coverage and are not participating in government programs such as Medicare part B,” she says.  “For some who may not have met their annual insurance deductible, this means they may have to pay Walgreens a co-payment for the shot.”

To learn more about the flu vaccine, visit www.publichealth.va.gov/flu/vaccination/index.asp.  To find out when the Robley Rex VAMC Flu Fighters will be in your area, check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VALouisville , or our Event Calendar at http://www.louisville.va.gov/calendar.asp.

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