Drive-thru flu shots for Central Texas veterans

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Walk-In Clinic in Temple and Waco

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 5:44pm

Dozens of Central Texas veterans received flu shots today without even getting out of their car, and the program continues in Temple through Wednesday.

Veterans can show up at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with proper ID and be vaccinated for this year's flu season.

The vaccination is free for all veterans enrolled in the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

“Our drive-through clinic is one of the easiest ways for veterans to get their flu shot,” said Sallie A. Houser-Hanfelder, FACHE, Director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. “For any Veteran who has not received their flu shot, I encourage them to take advantage of this clinic to help prevent the spread of the flu.”

If a veteran can't make it to Temple, they can also take part in the Walk-In clinics at both the Temple and Waco VA until November 1.

The CTVHCS Infection Prevention and Control staff also has a few tips to ensure a healthy winter season...

- Get an influenza vaccination every year.

- Practice good hand hygiene by rubbing hands for a minimum of 15-20 seconds with antimicrobial hand foam or soap and water.

- If you are sick, stay home.

- Cough is common this time of year. In addition to flu, pertussis cases have been on the rise. See your healthcare provider if you have a cough that lasts greater than two weeks. Other signs of pertussis include: fever; runny nose, and vomiting after heavy coughing.

- A measles outbreak has also occurred in Texas this year; if you have a rash that is accompanied by a fever and cough, please see your healthcare provider.

- Don’t carry a “cold in your pocket” - dispose of tissues after use.

- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth -- the flu virus can spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

- Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, so practice good respiratory etiquette by covering your coughs and sneezes, and don’t forget to use good hand hygiene afterwards.

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