VA Mary­land Health Care Sys­tem of­fers vet­er­ans free flu shots

The Avenue News - - OBITUARIES -

Flu sea­son is upon us again, and it’s time to roll up sleeves and get your shot.

Flu is no joke, killing 49,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. De­spite the spike of spu­ri­ous ar­ti­cles this time of year tout­ing all the dan­gers of get­ting a flu shot, the truth is that get­ting the flu shot saves lives. Dur­ing the 20142015 flu sea­son, peo­ple over 65 years old were hit es­pe­cially hard with an uptick in hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, ac­count­ing for more than 60 per­cent of all hos­pi­tal­iza­tions across more than 122 cities.

More sober­ing, the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol is al­ready re­port­ing a small num­ber of in­flu­ence out­breaks for the 2016-2017 flu sea­son. The only safe­guard against flu is get­ting the shot and, to this end, the VA Mary­land Health Care Sys­tem en­cour­ages all vet­er­ans to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot.

Why is it para­mount? Flu, which his con­ta­gious, presents a risk to all chil­dren ages 6 months to 18 years, any­one age 50 and older, health care providers, child care work­ers, res­i­dents of long-term care fa­cil­i­ties and any­one with long-term health care prob­lems.

This year, vet­er­ans can get a free flu shot at their lo­cal Wal­greens un­til Fri­day, March 31, 2017. No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary and VA elec­tronic health records will be au­to­mat­i­cally up­dated to re­flect that vet­er­ans got their shots. Vet­er­ans want­ing a free flu shot from Wal­greens must present their VA Vet­er­ans Health Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Card and an­other form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Walk-In Clin­ics are also now avail­able at all VA Mary­land Health Care Sys­tem fa­cil­i­ties:

• Bal­ti­more VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter Pri­mary Care Clinic:

• Mon­day through Fri­day,

8:30 a.m. 4 p.m.

• Bal­ti­more VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s 2nd Floor Lobby Flu Clinic:

• Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 10 N. Greene St., Bal­ti­more, Md. 21201

• Bal­ti­more VA An­nex:

• Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 209 West Fayette Street, Bal­ti­more, Mary­land 21201

• Glen Burnie VA Out­pa­tient Clinic:

• Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 808 Land­mark Drive. Suite 128, Glen Burnie, Md. 21061

• Loch Raven VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter:

• Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., 3901 The Alameda, Bal­ti­more, Md. 21218

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