Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your community. Get your flu shot today.
During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever, and as close as one of more than 60,000 community locations. Whether you choose a new Community Care Network (CCN) in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location that provides eligible Veteran patients easy access to flu shots, it's easy for Veterans to receive their flu shot at the right time and the right place.
- Retail pharmacies: Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system.
- Urgent care locations: Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care from a VA or in-network community provider in the past 24 months.
To check eligibility, contact your local VA medical facility OR call 844-MyVA311 (844-698-2311), select option 1, and then select option 1 again.
No Appointment or VA Referral is Required
If you’re eligible, simply go to an in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location and present a valid, government-issued identification (e.g. Veterans Health ID Card, Department of Defense ID card, state-issued driver's license or ID card, etc.) to receive your flu shot. Eligible Veterans can receive a no-cost, standard-dose (quadrivalent) or high-dose flu shot.
Before You Go
Print the Flu Shot Information Flyer (or have it viewable on your mobile device) and take it with you to your in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location.
Other options for immunizations
VA now offers expanded access to preventative health care by providing more options for where you can receive your seasonal flu shot. You choose. No-cost flu shots are available at your local VA health care facility or an in-network community retail pharmacy or urgent care location. Your VA medical record will be updated either way.
VA Health Care Facilities
You may receive a no-cost flu shot during any scheduled VA appointment, if you are admitted to one of our VA health care facilities or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations.
Community Retail Pharmacies and Urgent Care Locations
More than 60,000 sites of care are available in the community where eligible Veterans can receive their flu shot this year. VA has six regional networks that make up its Community Care Network (CCN) that have in-network retail pharmacies and urgent care locations.
Use the VA Facility Locator to find information on hours and locations for your local VAMC, and to find an in‑network retail pharmacy or urgent care facility.
Veterans can find in-network locations in their area by entering:
- City, state or postal code: Enter the appropriate ZIP code for your area
- Facility Type: Select "Urgent Care" OR "Community pharmacies (in VA’s network)"
- Service Type: If "Urgent Care" is selected for Facility Type, choose "Community urgent care
providers (in VA’s network)"
In-network Flu Shot Availability
The following table shows what VA or community in-network availability is for you to receive your flu shot. Veterans should call ahead to make sure the flu shot is available at the location of their choosing
|VA Health Care Facility|
|Regions 1, 2 & 3||Available||Available||Available|
|Region 4||Available||Available September 30||Available|
|Region 5||Not Available||Available||Available|
|Region 6*||Not Available||Not Available||Available|
*Veterans who live in CCN Region 6 can receive a flu shot through the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System’s clinic in Guam, and at flu shot clinics in the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
Non-VA Community Providers and Pharmacies
Many local retail pharmacies offer flu shots that may be covered by private insurance or programs such as Medicare. There may be a charge for your flu shot at these locations. If you do not have insurance, and receive a flu shot at a retail pharmacy that is not within VA's Community Care Network, there will usually be a charge.
Eligible Veterans whose visit to an in-network urgent care location that consists of only a flu shot do not incur a copayment. In addition, flu-shot only visits to an in-network urgent care location does not count toward the first three visits per calendar year that determines copayment rates based upon the number of visits and the Veteran's VA eligibility priority group.
View VA Community Care Copayments for more information.