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Get your flu shot starting September 19th

Patient receiving flu shot

Don't let the flu bug get you. Flu Drive-Thru Clinic starts: Saturday 9am-Noon Weekdays: 1pm to 5 pm

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Influenza (also called "the flu") is a viral infection in the nose, throat and lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year.  Of this number, more than 200,000 people must be admitted to the hospital, and about 36,000 people die. Some people, such as older adults, young kids, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

The flu may cause fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and tiredness. Most people feel better after 1 or 2 weeks.  But for some people, the flu leads to serious diseases, such as pneumonia. The flu shot can help protect you from getting the flu.

Who is at higher risk?

Some people have a higher risk of flu complications including:

  • All kids aged 6 months up to 19 years
  • All adults aged 50 years and older
  • All women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
  • People who are living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • People who have chronic health problems
  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients
  • People that take care of or have contact with babies less than 6 months of age

The best way to steer clear of the flu is to get the flu shot, which will be available at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus VA ACC).


During Clinical

  • Ask your Nurse or Provider  

Flu Drive

  • Sept 19th – Nov 20th  

  • Mon– Fri: 9am – 3pm  

  • Sat: 10/10 - 9am – 12noon 

  • North Side of Parking Garage – Follow Signage 

Columbus VA -
Main Entrance (South) 

  • Mon– Fri8am – 4pm  

  • (only for walk-in visits – Lab, Radiology, Pharm etc.) 

  • across from Starbucks

Community Care Network Locations -
Optum Region 3 

  • CVS, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Costco, most supermarkets and local pharmacies  

Marion CBOC  

  • Sat:  10/17 - 9am – 12noon 

Grove City CBOC  

  • Sat: 10/17, 10/24 - 9am – 12noon  

Newark CBOC  

  • Sept 22nd – Oct 29th  

  • Tues: 8:30am – 11:30am  

  • Thurs9am – 12noon & 1pm – 3:30pm  

  • Sat: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th - 8:30am -11:30am  

Zanesville CBOC  

  • Sat: 10/17, 10/24 - 9am – 12noon  

Please notify your healthcare provider
if you have received
a flu vaccine
 outside of the Columbus VA
(location and
approximate date of administration)

  • Secure Messaging 

  • My HealtheVet 

  • Primary care notification 

  • Return Mail notification – (see below) 


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