Doctors: Get your flu shots early

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email

The VA started giving flu shots to veterans Tuesday, which is earlier than normal.

A new CDC study says immunity with flu shots lasts closer to a calendar year.

The VA will have two drive through clinics, one on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The second is Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Normal hours for the VA's walk-in clinic are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"By getting your flu shot, you're helping protect those people that you live with, and other people that are immune compromise when you come into the hospital, and when you're out in the community. So it's really important," said registered nurse Rebecca Hewett with the Grand Junction VA Hospital.

You don't have to be a patient at the VA to get the free flu shot. You just have to be a veteran, active-duty, or in the reserves or National Guard. You'll need to bring proof that you were in the military.

Flu shots for the public are available at most local pharmacies.

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