By David Walter
Monday, October 18, 2021
A pair of influenza vaccination clinics for veterans served by the Zablocki VA health care system are coming up.
A walk-in flu vaccination clinic will be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, while a drive-through clinic is scheduled for Wednesday in Union Grove.
Milwaukee Walk-in Clinic
The Milwaukee Clinic is open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 23 at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave.
The injections will be performed in the Yellow Clinic on the first floor of the hospital. No appointment is required.
Veterans should use the east entrance to the hospital and follow signs to the clinic. They must bring their veteran ID card and wear a mask and a short-sleeved shirt.
Organizers stress that the shots are only for veterans, not spouses, family and caregivers.
Veterans who have had a previous flu shot outside of Virginia should contact their clinic to keep their health record up to date.
No COVID-19 vaccine or booster will be administered during this event. These are available by appointment only through the ZIHP clinic by calling 414-384-2000, ext. 49069.
Union Grove drive-thru
In addition, a driving flu shot clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 at the Union Grove VA clinic, 21425 Spring St.
Veterans must wear a mask. No veteran ID is required.
Like the Milwaukee clinic, this clinic is for veterans only. The plans will not be available to spouses, family or caregivers.
For more information, call 262-878-7001.
More important than ever
Getting the flu shot is more important than ever because the COVID-19 virus continues to be prevalent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The annual influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone from 6 months of age because of its effectiveness in reducing influenza-related illness, hospitalization and death.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccines not only help reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization, but also prevent overcrowding in healthcare facilities.
While it’s not possible to say for sure what will happen, the CDC believes it’s likely that the flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread. And getting the flu shot won’t protect against COVID-19.
While no COVID-19 vaccine will be given at the flu vaccination clinic on October 23, health officials point out that it is safe to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu at proximity, even at the same time.
Learn more about the flu vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza website. For more information on flu and coronavirus symptoms, click here.