The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several standard vaccines for specific stages of life. As more veterans enter their elder years, the importance of vaccines such as the flu shot is more critical, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a new initiative to get more veterans vaccinated.
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the VA is partnering with national pharmacy chain Walgreens to provide more access to necessary vaccines for veterans across the country. The flu shot and other recommended vaccinations will be offered to veterans and recorded through the eHealth Exchange. This will create an updated medical record to ensure that a veteran’s immunization records are up to date and accurate with the VA.
The partnership between the VA and Walgreens will reduce veterans’ need to make an appointment with a VA clinic to get vaccinations covered by VA health care. It also allows the immunizations to be obtained without filling out any other VA forms, and the immunization record is updated immediately. The immunizations may be covered by military health care plans, Medicare, and other commercial insurance plans.
Regular immunizations are especially important for disabled veterans suffering from chronic diseases such as lupus, diabetes, and lung disease. Veterans on immunosuppressant medication should follow the doctor’s orders to get flu shots when applicable, and older veterans over the age 65 who are at a higher risk of developing the flu should also get a yearly vaccination.
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