Women Veterans Health Care
Health Outreach Campaigns: Flu
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones with the Flu Shot
The time is now to armor up with a flu shot. If you are older than 65 or have any chronic illnesses (or pregnancy), then you be at high risk for both the flu for COVID-19. If you are not high risk, chances are that you work with, care for, or visit someone else who is high-risk. Show your commitment to your loved ones by getting vaccinated against the influenza virus today!
Flu High Risk Populations
Do you feel healthy and energetic? So do many women who are still considered high risk. Many “high risk” people may feel healthy on a normal day but when faced with the influenza virus or COVID-19 virus they may struggle to fight it off. A history of stroke, heart attack, kidney, liver, and heart diseases put your body at risk for complications or even death if you become infected with the flu. The CDC explains that people with a positive flu test have an increased risk of heart attack that is six times higher than normal the week following an infection. In fact, adults living with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and pregnancy are hospitalized more often from the flu than adults without these conditions.
Women over 65 are encouraged to receive the vaccine to prevent flu infection. As we continue to age our immune systems become more sensitive and are unable to fight off infections as well as younger women. If you are an active senior, you may have people in your life who are at risk of complications from the virus or who could share the virus with you. Children, grandchildren, and senior aged spouses are special to us and we can protect them by getting a flu shot. Your encouragement can help them decide to get a flu shot as well.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant this flu season, consider getting your vaccine now. The shot is safe in all trimesters of pregnancy and may help prevent a trip to the hospital. A 2018 study reported by the CDC explains that a flu shot may reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of hospitalization from the flu by 40%. An exciting benefit of the flu shot is that it may continue to protect the baby for a few months after birth. This is very important because infants are not able to get a flu shot until they are 6 months old.
How to Get the Flu Shot at No Cost to You
Once you make the decision to get vaccinated it is time to identify a place of distribution. You may get a shot at your local VA medical center or a location in the community. There are over 60,000 locations to choose from including pharmacies, grocery stores, and urgent care centers all at no cost to Women Veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare.To find out more about your local options for a flu shot:
- Go to the Community Care Network website at www.va.gov/communitycare/flushot.asp
- If you go to a community partner or participating pharmacy be sure to bring your VA ID!
- Check with your local VA facility to see if they are offering a flu shot drive-thru or special flu clinic
- Contact the Women Veteran Call Center at 855-829-6626
- Call or message your Provider or Women’s Health PACT Nurse
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