Flu Shot Information
VA Portland has the 2021-22 influenza vaccinations! Get yours at your regularly scheduled appointment. You can get a flu shot for NO COST in the community at many different pharmacy locations across the country.
An annual flu vaccination is an important step to battle influenza during the coronavirus pandemic.
Get a flu shot today at...
- your regularly scheduled VA appointment or,
- in the community with a VA community care pharmacy or community urgent care center.
Simply go to the Find VA locations website and do the following:
- Put in your city, state or postal code
- Under "Facility Type," choose "Community Pharmacies (in VA's network)"
- Note some, but not all, "Urgent Care" facilities may provide flu shots.
- Click "Search" and contact the facility that works for you
- Be sure to state you are a Veteran with the VA and bring a picture ID
It can be very helpful to have this Billing Information Card for Veterans & Pharmacies when you go to a community pharmacy to get your flu shot.
- Veterans must have received care through either the VA or VA community provider within the past 24 months to be eligible.
- Veterans must show VA identification card or drivers license for a free flu shot.
- No Appointment or referral is required.
- Veterans should tell the in-network community care staff they are an eligible Veteran who is enrolled in the VA.
Relay a message to your VA Portland provider by calling 503-220-8262, option 2.
Influenza or “the flu” is caused by a virus and can be a serious infection. The flu can be prevented easily or at least made less severe by getting a flu shot. The best time to get a flu shot is as soon as the vaccine becomes available in September. However, getting a flu shot later still will protect you from the flu.
The flu spreads easily from person to person. The infection can be mild, but it also can cause severe illness and even death. Certain people are at greater risk for serious illness if they get the flu. This includes older persons, young children and pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease; and people who live in facilities like nursing homes.
All persons aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination, including persons with minor egg allergies. For most people with minor egg allergies, the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh the risks of getting the flu. If you are allergic to eggs, please tell your health care provider so that special precautions can be made.
The flu shot is safe and it works. While it is not 100% effective in preventing the flu, if you get the shot and still get the flu, it is usually far less serious than if you did not get the shot. Sometimes there are side effects from the shot that may be mistaken for the flu, such as a sore arm, body aches or a slight fever.
In addition to getting the flu shot, there are other things you can do to avoid getting or spreading the flu:
- Wash your hands often;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home when you are sick if possible; and
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.