Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
Fayetteville VAMC Flu Clinic Extends Hours
December 7, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville VA Medical Center is extending its hours of operation to make it easier for Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care System to receive their flu shots.
The walk-in Flu Clinic is now open at the medical center Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 1-3:30 p.m. Starting December 15, it will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and will be open Saturday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.
While the regular flu vaccine is also available in all Primary Care Clinics, the high dose vaccine – recommended for Veterans who are 65 and older – is only available through the Flu Clinic. The clinic is located on the center's basement level in the Specialty Clinics area.
Both flu vaccines are also available at the VA's Hamlet, Jacksonville and Wilmington Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Eligible Veterans can receive their vaccinations on a walk-in basis in the CBOCs.
Only one vaccination is required this year since the current vaccine provides protection from the H1N1, influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who got the 2009 H1N1 vaccine or who had the H1N1 flu should still get the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine.
For more information about the Flu Clinic, please call 1-800-771-6106, extension 7468.
Questions about this release can be referred to Ed Drohan, Public Affairs Officer at (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991.