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It's Time: Roll Up Your Sleeve

female receiving flu shot

Every fall, you're reminded by your doctor, coworkers, and probably even your family that it's time to get your flu shot. The flu can spread quickly. All it takes is for someone with the sniffles to cough, laugh or sneeze within three to six feet of you. Flu season usually starts in October and peaks between December and February. The vaccine takes time to kick in, which is why it always feels like everyone starts talking about flu shots as soon as summer ends.

Which means it's a good time to get your flu vaccination.

It's important to remember that anyone can get the flu. But you are more likely to become infected if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system

  • Have regular, close contact with young children

  • Work in a health care setting where you may be exposed to flu germs

  • Live or work with someone who has the flu

  • Haven't received an annual flu shot

The flu virus changes over time, so vaccinations are updated each year to keep up with the changes. Health care providers recommend getting the flu vaccine each fall or winter. Get a flu shot as soon as it is available, so you don't spend some of your winter in bed because of the flu. Vaccination is the surest way to protect against getting the flu.

Veterans who are receiving VA health care can get the flu shot at a nearby VA health care facility. Veterans can also receive their flu shot at Walgreens, and the information will be automatically added to their VA health record. Learn more about VA's partnership with Walgreens. Veterans who have non-VA health care providers, see where you can get your flu shot.

Go to the VA Public Health's Vaccination page to learn all about the flu vaccination. Also, remember to add your flu vaccination into your Personal Health Record in Track History. Your records will update automatically if you get your flu shot with VA or at a Walgreens.


Please vote in our unscientific poll. All responses are anonymous

Have you received your flu shot for this season?

% Votes
7% 92
a. Yes, I just got my flu shot at a VA facility.
9% 114
b. Yes, I just got my flu shot at a Walgreens.
8% 98
c. Yes, I just got my flu shot somewhere else.
74% 926
d. No, but I will in the next 2 weeks.
2% 27
e. No, I don't plan on getting my flu shot.

Total Votes: 1,257


Updated September 20, 2018