As the cold-weather season approaches, the Chillicothe Veterans Administration (VA) has an important message for veterans: “With COVID-19 still present in our communities, getting a flu vaccine is extremely important. Help protect yourself and others by getting your flu vaccination.”

To minimize unnecessary exposure to the seasonal flu or to COVID-19, the Chillicothe VA and VA Community Clinics are administering vaccinations while veterans remain in their vehicle. Veterans can also request a flu shot during a regularly scheduled appointment.

When utilizing one of the following drive-thru flu clinics, veterans need to wear a mask and have clothing that will allow the upper arm to be bare for the injection.

Local times and locations for these VA clinics are as follows:

Chillicothe VA Drive-Thru Flu Clinic: VA Fire Department, Building 259. Oct. 12, 13, 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Nov. 8, 9, 10 and 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 740-772-7170 with questions.

Athens VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. These times will be valid through Tuesday, Nov. 30. Call 740-592-7220 with questions.

Regarding questions regarding the flu clinics, veterans can call 740-773-1141, ext. 15575, or your local VA Clinic.

Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit www.chillicothe.va.gov/enrollment.asp to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions. Visit the Chillicothe VA webpage (www.va.gov/chillicothe) and follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/ChillicotheVAMC) and Twitter (@chillicothevamc).