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Free Flu Shots Available at Walgreens

This flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is as close as your local neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.

No appointment is required. Veterans should inform the pharmacist they receive care at a VA facility and show their Veterans Identification Card or other photo identification. The Veteran's health record will be updated electronically to include the immunization.

Flu shots are still available for free at your local VA health care facility, but with our Walgreens partners, you now have greater choices of time and location, all without having to complete any other VA forms or carry around paper records.**

Fast Facts About the Flu and Flu Shot

  • The flu is very contagious; you are most likely to give it to others before realizing that you are sick.
  • Today's flu vaccine is safe; millions of people receive flu shots each year. You may experience a sore arm or mild fever for a day or two after receiving the shot, but this is not the flu. It is impossible to get the flu from a flu shot.
  • The flu shot will not make your medications less effective or your current illnesses worse.
  • If you are age 50 or older or if you have chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes), we strongly recommend that you get a flu shot each fall.

** Walgreens accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. However, there may be a cost to a VA patient for the flu shot. Vaccine subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply. References to Walgreens or other non-VA pharmacies do not constitute or imply VA endorsement of these companies, their services, or products.