The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2017.
The Center for Disease Control does not recommend the high dose (HD) vaccine for people over 65 and so this no-cost vaccination through Walgreens is of Trivalent at the standard dosage. If you wish to receive an HD vaccination please visit your nearest VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic for that vaccination.
Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination at Walgreens simply need to present a Veterans 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.
VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu. No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a free flu shot.
- To find your local VA, visit va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp.
- To locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733), or go to com/findastore.
- To learn more about the partnership, call 1-877-771-8537 or visit http://www.va.gov/PURCHASEDCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp.
- To get more information on flu and flu vaccine, visit publichealth.va.gov/flu or www.cdc.gov/flu.