Muskogee VA to hold flu shot clinics Sept. 30 – Oct. 4
MUSKOGEE – The Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold a walk-in flu shot clinic for enrolled veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 in its auditorium.
No appointment is necessary. The medical center is located at 1011 Honor Heights Drive.
Veterans in Muskogee, Tulsa, Vinita, McAlester and Idabel can also receive flu shots in their respective VA primary care teams on a walk-in basis through March 31. Flu shots are free for enrolled veterans at the VA or at Walgreens. Flu shots will not be covered at urgent care clinics.Who should get a flu shot?
Everyone age 6 months and older who wants to reduce the risk of getting sick should get a flu shot, states a VA press release.
Those more at risk of illness and complications from the flu are:
• People 65 and older,
• People with health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and other chronic illnesses or conditions,
• Pregnant women, and
• Caregivers of infants or family members with health problems.Why do I need a flu shot every year?
According to the VA press release, flu viruses can change over time, so every year the flu shot vaccine is updated to protect against the flu viruses most likely to spread that year.
The viruses may change after the flu shot is made. Even if this happens, you will still get some protection from the flu shot, the release states.When is the best time to get a flu shot?
Get a flu shot in the fall as soon as it’s available, so you are protected the entire flu season. You will need to get a new flu shot every year to protect yourself from the flu viruses circulating that season, the release states.How long does it take before I am protected?
After you get a flu shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to make enough antibodies to protect you against flu, the release states. It also states that antibodies are proteins produced by your immune system that identify and help remove foreign targets such as viruses and bacteria. The flu shot helps your body build these antibodies to fight flu viruses and prevent you from getting sick, according to the release.Can I get the flu from a flu shot?
You cannot get the flu from a flu shot because only inactive (dead) flu virus is used to make the flu shot vaccine, the release states.
According to the release, if you get the flu soon after getting a flu shot this could mean:
• You were exposed to the flu virus before the flu shot took effect,
• You have a weak immune system or other illness that causes your body to take longer to make antibodies and build immunity,
• Your body fails to make antibodies after getting a flu shot, and
• The flu shot vaccine does not match all the flu viruses that are currently spreading.