AFTON, Wyoming—Local enrolled veterans are encouraged to get their flu shots this fall in a series of drive-through clinics to be held by the local VA every Wednesday this fall starting Sep. 22, through the end of October from 4:30 to 5:30. The local VA clinic team urges local veterans to use this quick and simple option to get their flu shot.
Veterans will come to the Afton VA Clinic, 125 Washington St. in Afton and then follow the signs and cones in the parking lot. Participants will need VA identification and a mask. Anyone without a mask will be provided one. Masks are required to take part. Veterans who have a cough, fever or other coronavirus symptoms should not attend. Attendees are advised to wear a shirt with easy access to the shoulder.
Veterans with any questions regarding the drive flu clinics should contact their clinic. 307-886-5266
Getting a flu shot prior to full flu season makes sense since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. Since the composition of flu vaccines has been updated, flu vaccines protect against four different flu viruses. By getting a flu shot, veterans, and others, will be less likely to spread flu to others. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are hospitalized with the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months or older should get a yearly flu shot. Flu can be serious among young children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.
For more information on the 2021-2022 CDC Flu Season, see the guidance at: Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season | CDC.