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October 20, 2019

9/21/2019 7:30:00 AM
VA schedules free flu shot clinics for veterans

Flu vaccinations are now available for veterans enrolled in VA health care. Veterans may request the flu shot at their regularly scheduled VA appointments, according to a VA press release.

Veterans may also get vaccinated during free walk-in flu shot clinics at the Rhinelander VA Clinic, 639 West Kemp Street, from 1 to 3 p.m. (CST) each Friday through Nov. 15, the release states.

No appointment is necessary.

"Some people are worried that getting the flu shot will give them the flu, but that is a myth since flu shots either contain inactivated flu viruses or no viruses at all," said Ann Mattson, RN, infection control nurse at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Another misconception is the flu shot prevents the stomach flu.

"The flu is a respiratory disease, not a stomach or intestinal ailment, therefore the flu shot is not going to prevent what many call the 'stomach flu,'" Mattson said.





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