Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots at Houston VA

December 8, 2008

Veterans - Roll down your window and roll up your sleeve
on December 13.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Tent behind Fisher House (Parking Lot N)
(Posted signs will guide you.)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
WHAT: The MEDVAMC will sponsor a Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, December 13, 2008.
WHO:

Veterans who want to be vaccinated should present their VA identification card or DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Non-veterans will not be vaccinated.

Veterans currently not enrolled for VA health care may do so at the event. Bring your discharge certificate, or DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty to establish your eligibility for benefits.

BACKGROUND:  

Veterans not able to participate in the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic may still receive their flu shots at the MEDVAMC or any one of its outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Lufkin, and Texas City. At the MEDVAMC, walk-in flu shots are available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at any of the Prime Care Clinics on the 1st Floor across from the Blood Lab and Dermatology Clinic.

Veterans who should seriously consider vaccination are:

 P Over 65 years of age.
 P Residents of long-term facilities.
 P Veterans with long-term health problems of the heart, lungs,
            asthma, kidneys, or diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
 P Veterans with muscle or nerve disorders involving swallowing or
            breathing.
 P Veterans with weakened immune systems.
 P Women veterans who may be pregnant during the flu season.

It is important to use good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease. Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing, after contact with other people, and after contact with items in public places like telephones, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, shopping carts, etc.


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