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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Flu vaccines available now!

Female nurse gives adult male a flu shot in right deltoid

Chief of Primary Care, Dr. Herberth, decides to protect himself, his family and his patients by getting a flu shot at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC.

By Lanelle Strawder, Public Affairs Specialist
Monday, September 28, 2015

Flu season is just around the corner, making now a great time to get your flu vaccine. Flu shots are available at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center for Veteran patients and VA employees. Flu vaccines can help protect you, your loved ones and your patients from getting sick this season.

Keeping our Veterans healthy is our top priority here at the VAMC. You can help prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated. This flu season, we are encouraging all Ralph H. Johnson VAMC staff to get a flu vaccine--whether you are directly involved in meeting the medical needs of our patients or not.

The flu can be a serious illness, especially in people who are considered at high risk for flu complications (for example, those with chronic heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease). And in some cases, flu illness can make chronic diseases worse. Flu vaccines help provide protection against the flu viruses scientists believe will cause the most flu illness this season.

Malissa M. Robinson, RN, the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager at RHJ VAMC says, "The height of the flu season is between December and February; however, flu activity begins between October and May. Once a person is vaccinated, it will take approximately two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body. Therefore it is of great importance to get vaccinated now. The flu virus is contagious, and may cause hospitalization or even death. Being vaccinated for the flu virus should be second nature for our nation’s heroes to continue to protect themselves and their communities."

Veteran patients with a VA ID card can get a flu shot Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-11:00AM in the Main Lobby. Rotating flu clinics will be held on Wednesdays in specialty clinics, Mental Health and the CBOCs. Appointments are not necessary. VA employees can visit Employee Health Monday through Friday from 7:30AM until 4:00PM to get a flu shot. After 4:30PM, please visit the Emergency Department for vaccination.

VA patients and employees who receive a vaccination at a location other than the VA should report their vaccination status to their medical provider or Employee Health.

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