VA Medical Center Flu shots
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Saturday, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center held a free flu shot clinic and about 5,000 veterans have received their shots this season.
Organizers say the free clinic is open to all patients enrolled at the VA and any veteran that provides proof of service.
Doctors say compared to last year at this time, more veterans have received their shots.
Officials also say many people think they can get sick from the flu shot, but that's not the case.
"I think you will have a little bit of a sore arm and maybe feel a little achy but, I always point out to my patients, it's not a live virus. It doesn't give them an infection it just pieces of a virus to stimulate their immune system,” said VA Medical Center Physician Gary Lake.
The VA Medical Center will hold flu clinics until flu season ends this year. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4.