United States Department of Veterans Affairs
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HEALTH TIPS
OCTOBER 2014

Immunizations/Seasonal Flu
Did you know that even as an adult you may still need immunizations? As we age, we become more susceptible to serious diseases caused by common infections such as the flu and pneumonia.

Flu season is here! Do you know the only guaranteed way to keep from getting the flu? While you can decrease the spread of germs by washing your hands, covering your sneezes, and staying away from sick people, the only guarantee to preventing the flu is a flu shot!

Influenza, commonly known as the "flu," is caused by a virus and is very contagious. Many different viruses cause flu and these viruses change every year. For that reason, each Fall you need a new flu shot. Who should get a flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six-months of age and older get a flu shot! Since the flu is a virus, taking antibiotics will not help. If you are elderly, in contact with infants, or have diabetes, heart disease, HIV or AIDS, you are at an increased risk for complications from the flu.

If you are enrolled and have a Veterans Affairs ID card, you have many options for receiving your flu shot. You may ask for a flu shot during your next scheduled primary care appointment. Most medical centers also offer walk-in hours for getting a flu shot without an appointment. Flu shots are also available at community-based outpatient clinics. The VA has also partnered with Walgreens. Walgreens can send your immunization record electronically to your local VA medical center. Simply let the Walgreens clinician know that you are an enrolled Veteran patient and that you would like your information provided to the VA.

Remember, you cannot get the flu from a flu shot! Plan your visit today and protect yourself, your family, and those around you.


Breast Cancer / Mammograms
Are you a female Veteran? Did you know that female Veterans are the fastest growing subgroup of US Veterans? October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection and screenings save lives. The best screening test is a mammogram, essentially a breast x-ray. Remember, the VA offers comprehensive care for women Veterans. If you are past due for health screenings such as your PAP smear or mammogram, please contact your health care team to schedule one today. We look forward to serving you in the Women Veterans clinic.


My HealtheVet
Veterans - are you back in school and having a hard time relating to other students or worried about doing well in a classroom setting? Learn tips and build confidence at My HealtheVet. You can access self-help resources and your Personal Health Record all in one convenient location. For more information about the program, visit www.myhealth.va.gov.


For more health information, visit VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

 

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  • Baltimore VA Medical Center
    First floor Lobby at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First floor Outpatient Clinic waiting area

  • Loch Raven Outpatient Clinic
    Lobby, patient waiting area

  • Martinsburg VA Medical Center
    First floor, Main hallway

  • Perry Point VA Medical Center
    Building 361, Outpatient waiting area

  • Washington DC VA Medical Center
    First Floor at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First Floor, Room 1E237a, Patient Ed Center


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