September 29, 2011
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
4101 Woolworth Avenue (00P)
Omaha, NE 68105
Office: (402) 995-4719
Cell: (402) 332-6780
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sept. 29, 2011
VA Offers Eligible Veterans Seasonal Flu Vaccine
OMAHA, Neb. – The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Oct. 3. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility.
Veterans must be enrolled in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System to be eligible to receive the flu vaccination. Veterans not already enrolled may apply for enrollment at their nearest VA clinic. If the Veteran meets current requirements for enrollment, he or she may be provided the vaccination.
Veterans are encouraged to receive their flu vaccination during their regularly scheduled appointments in the primary care, mental health and specialty clinics. However, a walk-in flu clinic is also available at the VA facilities during the following dates and times:
Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule (Oct. 3 through Nov. 18)
NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb., (402-346-8800)
Clinic is located near the Blue Clinic in the main lobby area (signs posted)
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VA Clinic, 600 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, Neb., (402-489-3802)
Clinic is located near the group room in the basement near the barber shop
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VA Clinic, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb., (308-382-3660)
Available through primary care clinics
Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
VA Clinic, 600 E. Francis, Suite 3, North Platte, Neb., (308-532-6906)
Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VA Clinic, 2501 Capehart Road (Ehrling Bergquist, lower level), Bellevue, Neb., (402-591-4500)
Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
VA Clinic, 710 s. 13th Street, Norfolk, Neb., (402-370-4570)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
VA Clinic, 1118 Burlington Street, Holdrege, Neb., (308-995-3760)
Available upon request (Because of large patient volume in the morning, patients are encouraged to either call for an appointment or visit after 1 p.m. for walk-ins)
VA Clinic, 512 S. Fremont, Shenandoah, Iowa. (712-246-0092)
Available upon request for walk-ins
VA Clinic through Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, 300 N. 2nd Street, O’Neill, Neb., (402-336-2982)
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check in at the registration desk at the southwest main entrance
NOTE: Walk-in flu clinics will not be available when the VA outpatient clinics are closed for federal holidays.
The flu vaccination is the single most effective way to prevent getting the flu. The flu vaccination helps to prevent infection caused by influenza viruses. There are many kinds of influenza viruses, but the vaccine is produced to fight those most likely to cause flu in a particular year. This makes it especially important to receive a flu vaccine every year.
Veterans can learn more about steps to protect themselves from the seasonal flu at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/flu.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.va.gov.