VA Innovation Cuts Paperwork, Offers Flu Shot Options

Courtesy of VA

Courtesy of VA

Veterans in Florida, southern Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now get a flu shot at any of more than 800 Walgreen’s locations and the drug store can electronically forward their immunization record to the VA.

It’s a pilot program, being tried out in the Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 (VISN8). It requires no paper record, no remembering at the next VA health care appointment.

Enrolled veterans can still receive a flu shot at no cost during their regularly scheduled VA visit, on admission into a VA facility and at a VA walk-in flu station. There’s usually a charge for a flu shot at a pharmacy or private health care provider outside of the VA unless the veterans’ private insurance or Medicare covers the cost.

Veterans who are in the Florida, VISN 8 region can find details on the pilot program at their local VA medical center or clinic, or go to www.walgreens.com and at the VISN 8 home page here.

Information in this report was provided by Douglas Trauner, the Entrepreneur in Residence for the VA Center for Innovation.

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