New Mexico VA Health Care System
Seasonal Flu Shots for Veterans
September 29, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) will soon offer flu shots to protect the state’s military veterans. Flu vaccine is now available for enrolled, eligible veterans during their scheduled appointments at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and continuing availability throughout the flu season until early spring of 2018.
The annual Walk-In Clinic will open at the medical center on Oct. 2. The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Ambulatory Care Clinic (Room 1A-100) on the first floor of Building 41. The Walk-In Clinic will remain open through Oct. 27, and will be closed on federal holidays. The medical center is located at 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE.
The flu vaccine also is available to veterans at VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) across New Mexico, as well as in Durango, Colo. Veterans are encouraged to call their local CBOC for flu shot clinic dates and times.
Once again this year, the VA and Walgreens drug stores are teaming-up to fight the flu through the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program. Enrolled veterans of the NMVAHCS can walk into any Walgreens to get a flu shot, and no appointment is required. Veterans’ immunization records will be updated electronically in their local VA electronic health record. Participation is strictly voluntary, and all you have to do is show your VA Veterans Identification Card and another form of ID. Here is a link to the website that explains the program: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp.
For more information about the flu shot clinic, please call the Infection Control Department at (505) 265-1711, ext. 4575 or ext. 4363.