Flu Season 2019 - VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
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VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System


Flu Season 2019

FREE Flu Vaccines for Enrolled Veterans at Eastern Kansas HCS


The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year.   The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone age 6 months and older, preferably before the end of October each year.

Several Easy Options Are Available

Primary Care, Behavioral Health & Specialty Clinics 

Flu vaccines are available during normal hours of operation at all Primary Care, Mental Health and specialty clinics at the Topeka VA Medical Center, Leavenworth VA Medical Center, and all Community Based Outpatient Clinics through March 31, 2020.   No appointment is needed.   Flu shots are available during scheduled visits and also on a walk-in basis.    

After Hours – Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Emergency Room (Topeka and Leavenworth VA Medical Centers)
4:30 pm – 8 am; Monday – Friday
24 hours; Saturday & Sunday

Related Links

VA Flu Website
VA Don't Pass It On Campaign 
Flu Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)*
* Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The link will open in a new window.

Walgreens Retail Pharmacy

All Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care may also receive a free standard dose flu vaccine again this year at any Walgreens location nationwide.

  • Present your VA ID card and another photo ID.
  • Walgreens will transmit the information into your VA health record. 

Alternate dose vaccines for persons age 65 or older are free at EKHCS but will be billed to Veterans at Walgreens.   Learn more about the VA’s Walgreens Retail Partnership - https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/immunization.asp


Flu Shots at Other Non-VA Locations 

If you receive your flu shot at any other non-VA location, please send a SECURE MESSAGE using My Health-E-Vet or CALL 1-800-574-8387, Ext 53348, and leave the information requested so that your VA medical record can be updated.

EKHCS Dosing Recommendations 

While no single formulation is preferred and recommendations vary, for the 2019-20 Flu Season, EKHCS is providing the FLUAD vaccine for persons age 65 and older.   The Quadrivalent (standard dose) will be available for all other patients.   If questions, contact your primary care provider.

Flu Shot Information Hotline

For updates concerning the availability of the flu vaccine each year, call our Flu Shot Information Hotline at 1-800-574-8387, Ext. 53243.  

Learn about flu vaccines and why you should get vaccinated.  Also, review the Vaccination Information Statement from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Protect yourself--Protect Others: Receive this yearly vaccine!