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St. Cloud VA offers flu vaccinations to eligible veterans and spouses

To keep veterans healthy during the flu season, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System has scheduled several flu shot clinics this fall. Flu shots for veterans enrolled with the VA are free and an appointment is not necessary. The flu shots are available at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud or any of the VA's three clinics across central Minnesota.

Spouses, caregivers and veterans who are not enrolled for health care with the VA can also receive their seasonal flu vaccination on selected days and times. A fee of $27 is required, and may be paid in cash or billed to the individual's health insurance. Spouses, caregivers and non-enrolled veterans should bring their insurance or Medicare card to the clinic.

Non-enrolled veterans may also obtain information on how to apply for VA health benefits at the flu clinics.

Clinic times and locations are as follows:

Montevideo CBOC (1025 North 13th Street, Montevideo, Minn.)

Oct. 6: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oct. 18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Cloud VA Medical Center (Bldg. 96, West side of campus)

Oct. 5: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Shots for spouses available 9-11 a.m.)

Oct. 6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Shots for spouses available 9-11 a.m.)

Brainerd CBOC (722 NW 7th Street, Brainerd, Minn.)

Oct 5: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. (Shots for spouses available 9 to 11 a.m.)

Oct 13: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 21: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Max J. Beilke CBOC-Alexandria (515 22d Ave E., Alexandria, Minn.)

Oct. 7: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Shots for spouses available 9-11 a.m.)

Oct. 14: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seasonal flu shots are also available during scheduled appointments at any of the St. Cloud VA locations.

All Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA health care system. For information on enrolling for VA health care, contact the St. Cloud VA HCS Eligibility Office at (320) 255-6340.

Further updates to the flu shot program at the St. Cloud VA will be announced on the flu shot information line: (320) 255-6444.

Please see your local county veterans service officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by e-mail at As always, have a great week.