Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Flu Shots Coming Soon
Flu season is on the way. Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people can spread the flu to others up to 6 feet away?
The flu virus is spread when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets then land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby. Sometimes you can get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth or nose. The flu is contagious! It can be spread to others 1 day prior to symptoms and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick, so you can pass the flu to someone else before you even know that you have it.
Ways to avoid the flu:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Do not share linens, eating utensils or dishes with someone who is sick without washing them first.
Who should get the flu shot?
- The CDC recommends anyone who is 6 months or older get the flu vaccine.
- If you have questions about the flu shot, or wonder if you should receive the flu shot, talk with your VA Primary Care Provider.
When to get the flu shot?
- In September, or as soon as vaccine is available, up until flu season is over about May. Flu season often peeks in January or February.
- It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to build up in the system to provide protection against the flu.
Where to get the flu shot?
- After September, ask your PACT staff for the flu shot during your next VA appointment.
- After September, if you are inpatient at the VA, ask your nurse for the flu shot.
As a Veteran enrolled in VA healthcare, you can receive a FREE flu shot! For more information about the flu or the flu shot, talk with your VA Primary Care Provider.
Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program.