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The 2023-2024 flu season is here!

Flu vaccines are highly recommended to reduce the chance of getting sick with flu and to prevent the spread of flu to others. They can decrease your chances of hospitalization and are available to all eligible and enrolled Veterans at no cost. We ask that you wear a short-sleeved shirt when you go to get vaccinated.

VA Portland flu shot clinic

Veterans enrolled in VA health care can get a free flu shot:

  • At our walk-in flu clinic: is available now until Friday,  November 17, 2023 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon - Fri at Portland VA Medical Center Auditorium Atrium, located on the second floor of Bldg. 101. (Note: The walk-in flu shot clinic will be closed on November 10 due to Federal holiday.)

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Get a flu shot today:

  • At our Walk-in Flu Clinic:  now through Friday ,November 17, 2023 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon - Fri, at Portland VA Medical Center Auditorium Atrium, located on the 2nd floor of Bldg. 101.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine available on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • At your regularly scheduled medical appointments.
  • On a walk-in basis at your Primary Care clinic, during business hours or by calling  503-721-1498 , option 3 to make/change an appointment. Please note, wait times may vary and walk-in vaccinations are not available at clinic in Lincoln County.
  • At one of our in-network Community Care Partners through April 30, 2024. COVID-19 vaccines are also available free of charge and can be given at the same time as your flu shot.  Learn more about getting a flu shot in the community.
    • To search for an in-network Community Care Partner:
      • Visit
      • 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


  • 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.
  • Caregivers and family members are not eligible.


Relay a message to your VA Portland provider by calling 503-220-8262, option 2.

Influenza Information

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.

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.