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Influenza Season 2022-2023

Get your flu vaccination at Lovell FHCC!

Lovell FHCC is committed to ensuring our eligible beneficiaries are protected from the flu. Department of Defense/TRICARE beneficiaries, please see below.

(Information for Department of Defense beneficiaries.)

Veterans may receive flu vaccinations if they are enrolled for care with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible veterans with proof of service (such as a DD214 form) may enroll at all our locations. Veterans may receive their flu vaccinations during primary care and specialty care appointments (to include Pulmonary, Cardiology, Endocrine and Mental Health) depending on supply

NOTE: Walk-in availability will be impacted by COVID-19 protocols. Appointments are preferred whenever possible.

Patients with Primary Care appointments scheduled at our main hospital or at one of our CBOCs will be offered flu shots at that time. NOTE: Patients may elect to get their COVID-19 bivalent booster shot at the same time as the flu shot while at our main facility in North Chicago. Our CBOCs do not currently carry the COVID vaccine or boosters.

Flu Shot Clinics

Main Hospital Primary Care:

8 a.m. to Noon, Wednesdays and Fridays, by appointment. Call the Clinical Contact Center at 224-610-2447 to schedule. Patients may also use MyHealtheVet secure messaging to schedule. Patients may receive flu shots during regular appointments as well.

Community Based Outpatient Clinics:

Flu shots are by appointment; call the Clinical Contact Center at 224-610-2447 to schedule. Patients may also use MyHealtheVet secure messaging to schedule. Patients may receive flu shots during regular appointments.

McHenry CBOC

9 a.m to Noon and 1-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Evanston CBOC:

1-3 p.m., Mondays
8-11:15 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Thursdays 

Kenosha CBOC:

8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 

Flu vaccinations in the community:

Less travel, less hassle

Again this year, veterans may get a flu shot at their local retail pharmacies (in the VA network*), and then have the immunization information transferred directly to Lovell FHCC. Veterans enrolled for VA health care can walk into their nearest pharmacy and get a regular dose shot, through March 2023. Veterans are asked to show photo ID and their Veteran ID card. Please find a pharmacy in the VA network. Go to Find VA Locations | Veterans Affairs to find a VA location or in-network community care provider.

For more detailed information about flu shots for veterans, go to the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention website. 

Lovell FHCC follows CDC guidelines for the provision of flu shots. If you are under 65 years old, you should receive the standard dose vaccine. If you are 65 and older, or ordered by your doctor, you should receive the high-dose flu shot.

Learn more about getting your shot in the community from the Department of Community Care.

Department of Defense beneficiaries:

Department of Defense/TRICARE beneficiaries also may get their flu AND COVID-19 boosters, concurrently, weekdays at our main North Chicago hospital in the Immunizations Clinic, Bldg. 133EF (Ambulatory Care Clinic).

Weekday clinic days and times:

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Appointments will be prioritized over walk-ins. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-941-4501.

NSGL TENANT UNITS

The last ShotEx will be 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 21-22 in Room 25 (basement), Bldg. 3 on Naval Station Great Lakes for those who stilll need to get vaccinated.  

Beginning Nov. 28, walk-in flu shots will be given at Fisher Clinic, Bldg. 247, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TRICARE beneficiaries may also go to a TRICARE community partner. DoD/TRICARE beneficiaries, please visit the TRICARE Influenza Vaccination Page for more information https://tricare.mil/coveredservices/isitcovered/fluvaccine. Under “Participating Network Pharmacy” select “Search online” then “Find a pharmacy” and enter your zip code. 

If you work at Lovell FHCC:

Per VHA Directive 1192.01, Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program for VHA Health Care Personnel, released in August 2020, staff are required to get the influenza vaccine. All active duty personnel are required to get the influenza vaccine per DOD Instruction 6205.02.

1. All staff members are required to have an annual influenza vaccination, as a condition of employment. There are two exemptions to this mandate: medical and religious. 

2. All VA civilian staff who get vaccinated from an external provider are required to fill out Form 10-9050 Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Form, also known as Appendix B, and digitally submit to Employee Occupational Health.

3. Please note, the Form 10-9050 Appendix B now requires signatures from a supervisor for all employees declaring exemptions, and also a signature from a physician for employees declaring medical exemptions. Employees not declaring exemptions do not need signatures from either a physician or supervisor.

4. Employees declaring exemptions are required to notify supervisors of their exemption status but they are not required to divulge their medical conditions to supervisors, as that is HIPAA protected information.



Nurse administering flu vaccine