Influenza Season 2019-2020 - Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Influenza Season 2019-2020

Get your flu vaccination at Lovell FHCC!

It's time to receive your flu vaccination at Lovell FHCC - both at our main hospital and at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Kenosha, Wis., and Evanston and McHenry, Ill.

(For our Department of Defense beneficiaries, please scroll down for specific instructions.)

Veterans may receive flu vaccinations if they are enrolled for care with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible Veterans with proof of service (e.g. Form DD214) may enroll at all of our locations. Veterans may receive their flu vaccinations during regular appointments.

Walk-In Hours:

While calling ahead will ensure shorter wait times, veterans may walk in during these hours at the following location at the main hospital:

- 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Primary Care at our North Chicago facility (main hospital), 3001 Green Bay Road.

Special note about getting flu shots at our community clinics: Because our CBOCs are smaller, with fewer staff, we ask veterans to please call for appointments. Got to


Also, again this year, veterans may get a flu shot at their local Walgreens and have the immunization information transferred directly to Lovell FHCC. Less travel, less hassle. Veterans enrolled for VA health care can walk in to their nearest Walgreens and get a regular dose shot, through March, 2020. Veterans are asked to show photo ID and their Veteran ID card. 

Please note that if a Veteran 65 and older would like to go to Walgreen's to receive FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine specially formulated to stimulate a greater immune response, they will have to pay out-of-pocket or file with their third-party insurance.

For tenant commands in the Naval Station Great Lakes area, based on vaccine availability, the following will apply beginning Nov. 18:

Naval Station Great Lakes Host and Tenant Command Active Duty, GS and WG civilian employees, including emergency essential civilian employees to include Military Entrance Processing Command, Department of Defense recruiters and active duty/Reserve Army personnel at Ft. Sheridan, FHCC contractors assigned to East campus, MWR childcare workers, Federal Fire and Emergency Medical Services, police and security forces, may receive flu shots beginning Nov. 18 until June 30, 2020 at Fisher Branch Health Clinic Bldg. 237 at Naval Station Great Lakes. Fisher hours for flu vaccinations are 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Mon.-Wed. & Fri.; 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday. 

If you work at Lovell FHCC:

Civilian employees and volunteers at Lovell FHCC main/West campus are urged to go to Employee/Occupational Health to receive their flu shots, Bldg. 133CA, 2nd floor, 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, and 7:30-11:45 a.m. Thursdays. For information, contact Occupational Health at 224-610-4258.

Department of Defense beneficiaries:

Department of Defense beneficiaries, to include military family members, and retirees, may receive flu vaccinations at the Lovell FHCC's West campus (main hospital) Immunization Clinic, Bldg. 133EF, from 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30-11:45 a.m. on Thursday. For information, call 224-610-7783.

Nurse administering flu vaccine

What you should know about the Influenza Season, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What sort of flu season is expected this year?

It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

Will new flu viruses circulate this season?

Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year.

What should I do to prepare for this flu season?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.