Have you received your flu shot yet? If not, don’t worry. It’s not too late! This holiday season, there is no better time than now to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. VA has made it easier than ever to receive your flu shot.
In addition to every VA medical facility, flu shots are available at no cost for eligible Veterans at more than 70,000 in-network community providers nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you can even get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine during the same visit.
We encourage you to check out this brief video or follow these four steps to get your community flu shot:
Check your eligibility
Community flu vaccines are available to eligible Veterans who:
- Are enrolled in the VA health care system, and
- Received care through VA from either a VA or community provider within the past 24 months. This eligibility is new for 2021-2022 flu season.
This cold and flu season, get your flu shot!
To check your eligibility (for the community urgent care benefit, which includes the flu vaccine):
- Call 800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411), select option 1 (for urgent care information), then option 3 (for urgent care information), and then option 1 again (to check urgent care eligibility), or
- Contact your local VA medical facility.
A great part of this benefit is that you can get a community flu vaccine without prior authorization. Flu vaccines that are provided include standard (quadrivalent), high dose, and preservative-free.
Find a participating provider
To find an in-network provider, go to the VA Facility Locator and enter the following information into the search tool:
- City, state, or postal code: Enter the appropriate ZIP code for your area
- Facility Type: Select “Urgent Care” OR “Community pharmacies (in VA’s network).” If you select “Urgent Care,” choose “In-network community urgent care”
- Click “Search”
- Choose provider
You can also call 877-881-7618 or your local VA medical facility for help locating an in-network provider. Make sure the provider is in-network to avoid being charged for the flu vaccine.
Go to the provider
Before going to the provider:
- Call ahead to make sure the provider offers the flu vaccine through this benefit.
- Print the Billing Information Card (or have it viewable on your mobile device) and take it with you to the provider.
When you arrive:
- Tell them you’re a Veteran enrolled in VA health care, and
- You would like to get a flu shot, paid for by VA.
- Show your government-issued ID and the Billing Information Card.
There is no copayment charge if your visit consists only of a flu vaccine. In addition, flu-vaccine only visits do not count toward visits and/or copayments associated with using VA’s urgent care benefit.