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Free Flu Shots!

VA Pittsburgh offers free flu shots to eligible Veterans now through March 31, 2018.

Four easy ways for Veterans to get vaccinated:
1. Drop by a walk-in flu shot clinic at our University Drive campus or Primary Care at our H.J. Heinz campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any weekday beginning Sept. 19, 2017 except federal holidays. Check in at registration, and they will point you in the right direction.

     At University Drive: Go to the main lobby on the first floor.

     At H.J. Heinz: Go to the Ambulatory Care Center (Building 71).
2. Visit your local outpatient clinic.
3. Visit University Drive's emergency department during evenings, weekends or federal holidays.
4. Ask for a free flu shot at any scheduled VA Pittsburgh appointment or from your visiting VA nurse.

Flu shots are also available at Walgreens

This flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is as close as your local neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.

Flu shots are still available for free at your local VA health care facility, but with our Walgreens partners, you now have greater choices of time and location, all without having to complete any other VA forms or carry around paper records.**

Fast Facts About the Flu and Flu Shot

  • The flu is very contagious; you are most likely to give it to others before realizing that you are sick.
  • Today's flu vaccine is safe; millions of people receive flu shots each year. You may experience a sore arm or mild fever for a day or two after receiving the shot, but this is not the flu. It is impossible to get the flu from a flu shot.
  • The flu shot will not make your medications less effective or your current illnesses worse.
  • If you are age 50 or older or if you have chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes), we strongly recommend that you get a flu shot each fall.

Download our informational fact sheet about flu shots.

** Walgreens accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. However, there may be a cost to a VA patient for the flu shot. Vaccine subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply. References to Walgreens or other non-VA pharmacies do not constitute or imply VA endorsement of these companies, their services, or products.

Know what to do about the flu. Visit www.flu.gov.
If you are a Veteran enrolled for care at VAPHS and already received your flu shot from somewhere other than VAPHS or Walgreens, please let us know by filling out and mailing us a flu shot questionnaire.
Infection: Don't Pass It On

What you can do to reduce the spread of infection:

  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • wash your hands often
  • keep your hands away from your face
  • cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow
  • stay home when you are sick