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VISN 5 Patient Health Education


Immunizations/Seasonal Flu
Did you know that even as an adult you might 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 best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others? While you can decrease the spread of germs by washing your hands, covering your sneezes, and staying away from sick people, the best chance at 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 recommends that everyone six-months of age and older get a flu shot! Because the flu is a virus, taking antibiotics will not help. If you are elderly, are 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 several options for receiving your flu shot; which include, during your next scheduled primary care appointment, at a walk-in flu shot clinic or at your local Walgreens. To find out more about getting your flu shot contact your local VA Medical Center.

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 woman Veteran? Did you know that women Veterans are the fastest growing subgroup of United States 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. The VA offers comprehensive care for our 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

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