VA Offering Free Flu Shots For Area Veterans

Oct 17, 2018

Credit Mountain Home Air Force Base

Flu shots are being offered to Northwoods veterans by the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says flu shots are available to all veterans enrolled right now. He says they can get a flu shot during any regularly scheduled appointment.

But he says they are scheduling clinics at VA facilities... "

....They are free walk-in clinics. In your listening area we have a clinc at Rhinelander VA Clinic and that's each Friday from Oct. 26-Nov. 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. In Ironwood, we're going to have flu shot clinics on Monday, October 29 and Friday Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central time..."

Nelson says there are two misconceptions about the flu shots...

"...We do often hear about people getting the flu shot and getting the flu. That is a myth. Flu shots contain either inactivated flu viruses or no viruses at all. Another misconception is the flu shot prevents the stomach flu. Often we say, 'well, I got the flu anyway it was the stomach flu'. It really wasn't the flu and that's not what the flu shot is for........."

More information is at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center or online at their website.