Get a Free Flu Shot from the VA

Flu season is just around the corner, and it is better to get immunized sooner rather than later. While flu shots can be expensive, there are several ways to get your shot free or at a reduced cost.

For instance, did you know that US Military Veterans can get free flu shots at local VA hospitals and clinics? This is a free service provided by VA clinics and hospitals to all US military veterans, regardless of when they served.

How to get your free flu shot from the VA

To receive your free flu shot from a VA clinic or hospital, you have to be in the VA’s medical system. If you are not already in their system, you will need to provide a copy of your DD Form 214 to prove your military service. After you are in their system, they will require you to fill out a standard health questionnaire and then you can get your shot. It’s that easy.

For more information about getting a free flu shot from the VA, or to find the nearest VA medical facility, contact your local VA facility.

Don’t qualify for the free VA flu shot? Try these tips

If you have family members how do not qualify for the free flu shots, try these tips for free and inexpensive flu shots:

  • Local hospitals and clinics – some charge as little as $10-20 per shot. Check in your local community for more information.
  • Insurance company – Many insurance companies provide free or reduced immunizations. Check your policy to see if you are eligible.
  • Grocery stores, drug stores, and retailers – Many stores that see a lot of foot traffic offer customers a way to get inexpensive flu shots. This is a great way for them to increase their traffic, and the stores’ management know that when people come for a flu shot, they are also likely to spend money shopping.
  • Employer – Many companies and employers provide free or discounted flu shots because the cost is much less expensive that the lost productivity of people missing several days for the flu.
  • Airports – Some airports now offer flu shots as a way to reach the travelers.

Flu season is fast approaching. Don’t forget to immunize yourself!

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Date published: October 4, 2011.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.


  1. fran lake says

    I served 22 years in the reserves and do not have a dd214. Each time i tried to go full time the slots were full. How can I be a VA member? Thanks

  2. Bill says

    This is all fine and dandy, but my experience with the VA’s so-called free flu shot has been somewhat different. Last November 1 I received a shot at my local VA clinic and my insurance was billed $215-yes, you read that right-for the shot. I am an enrolled veteran with a 40% disability rating and I do not remember ever having my insurance billed for such a service (and for that amount I think I would). If the shots are not free, then why does the VA constantly say they are? VA billing was no help with this inquiry, by the way-they say it is standard procedure to charge insurance for anything not related to service connected conditions and further, to charge such an obscene amount. What exactly is going on here?

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