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Lebanon VA Medical Center

Flu Vaccinations Now Available

September 2, 2009

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In keeping with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) recommendations for seasonal flu vaccination, the Lebanon VA Medical Center has begun vaccinating our Veteran population. This year, the CDC expects a challenging flu season, thus immunizing early provides the greatest coverage
of immunity.

Veterans may receive a flu shot from their primary care provider or in the specialty clinics in Building 17, 3rd floor, as well as the community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) convenient to them during normal business hours. Additionally, to ease the process, plans are being finalized for vaccine administration in the lobby area of Building 17 beginning next week. Veterans served through the Lebanon VA Medical Center need only to present their ID for vaccination. We encourage all our Veterans to take advantage of the flu shot program to protect themselves as well as their families during the upcoming flu season.

It is important to note that this is seasonal flu vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine has not yet been distributed for general use and is currently in the clinical trial stage. It is not expected prior to the fall of 2009.

Additionally, we encourage all to take the following everyday actions to stay healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.