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Veterans encouraged to get their flu shots

Released by: Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System

DALLAS, TX - VA North Texas Health Care System is reminding all veteran patients to get protection from the flu virus.

This year, it only takes one shot to protect against the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu). Flu season brings an increased opportunity of illness for many individuals, and more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized every year from flu complications.

Everyone, especially, high risk groups, including the elderly and people with certain health conditions should receive a flu vaccination each year.

Seasonal flu shots are available during clinic appointments at all VA North Texas medical facilities and community based outpatient clinics for veterans with an honorable discharge from the military who present their veteran identification card, discharge certificate or DD214.

Flu shot opportunities for walk-in and drive-thru clinics are scheduled as follows at Dallas, Bonham, Fort Worth and Tyler:

Walk-in flu clinics: Available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Dallas VA Medical Center Atrium and Bonham VA, Building 1, first floor near eligibility area.

Drive-thru flu clinic: Saturday, November 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at these VA facilities:

• Dallas VA Medical Center: 4500 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX 75216

• Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic: 2201 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76119

• Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham: 1201 E. Ninth, Bonham, TX 75418

• Tyler Primary Care Clinic: 3414 Golden Road, Tyler, TX 75701

Veterans who develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and/or sore throat should stay home from work or school; get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco; and take over-the-counter medications to relieve flu symptoms. Call 911 if you develop difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, dizziness, confusion or severe vomiting.

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