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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Free Drive-Thru "Annual Flu" Shots at Houston VA, Saturday, Nov. 7, 10am-2pm

November 4, 2009

Veterans - Roll down your window and roll up your sleeve on Saturday, November 7.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
WHERE: Tent behind Fisher House
(Posted signs will guide you.)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030

The MEDVAMC sponsors a Free Drive-Thru “Annual Flu” Shot Clinic on Saturday, November 7, 2009 providing vaccinations for the annual, seasonal flu.

While the H1N1 flu virus is in the news and affecting mostly younger people, it is important for Veterans not to ignore or forget about the annual, seasonal flu virus. It kills approximately 36,000 Americans each year and hospitalizes more than 200,000. Luckily, in most people, the flu ranges from a mild cold to a nasty, feverish illness with a sore throat, headaches, and muscle aches.

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.

Veterans not able to participate in the Drive-Thru “Annual Flu” Shot Clinic may still be vaccinated at the MEDVAMC or any one of its four outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, and Lufkin. 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 Blood Lab and Dermatology Clinic.

Veterans who should seriously consider the annual flu 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
 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 pens, telephones, and shopping carts.


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