Flu Vaccination Clinics for Eligible Veterans across Central Minnesota - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

 

Flu Vaccination Clinics for Eligible Veterans across Central Minnesota

September 12, 2019

A flu shot is an important part of staying healthy during the flu season, and this year Veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System have multiple options to get a flu shot.  

During flu season, flu shots are available as part of any scheduled VA appointment. Just ask the nurse or doctor at your next appointment.

In October, numerous walk-in clinics are also available at local VA facilities: 

St Cloud VA Medical Center, 4801 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud

  • Oct. 1 & 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in Bldg. 96
  • Oct. 3, 4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-25, & 28-31, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Canteen
  • Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (Tuesdays), 4:30 – 6 p.m., in Bldg. 1
  • Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Saturdays), 8 a.m. – Noon, in Bldg. 1

Alexandria VFW Post 936, 1102 3rd Ave. E., Alexandria

  • Oct. 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brainerd VA Clinic, 722 NW Seventh St., Brainerd 

  • Oct. 4 & 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Montevideo VA Clinic, 1025 North 13th St., Montevideo

  • Sept. 30, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

VA flu clinics are for enrolled Veterans only. No appointment is necessary to get vaccinated at a walk-in clinic.

This year VA is again offering the quadrivalent, standard-dose vaccine for all Veterans. 

The quadrivalent vaccine contains antigens from 4 strains of influenza virus.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend any influenza vaccine over another as “preferred.” 

Once again, VA has teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all Veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA health care system to be able walk into any Walgreens to receive a vaccination at no cost

The immunizations available at Walgreens under this program use quadrivalent flu vaccine: other formulation flu vaccines are not available using the VA Walgreens program.Veterans wishing to receive the vaccination at Walgreens simply need to present a Veterans Health Identification Card and a photo ID at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination.

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record. 

Veterans can also get a flu shot under the Mission Act Urgent Care benefit through an in-network walk-in urgent care or retail clinic. With the exception of a flu shot, vaccinations and other preventative care services are not covered through the Urgent Care Benefit. 

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where Veterans live, they can visit a local VA clinic, Walgreens, or a VA network clinic to get a free flu shot.