National urgent care operator American Family Care (AFC) is going to offer free flu shots to Americans who have served in the military this Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11). It’s actually taking a page from the military’s own book, as the U.S. armed services was the first body to initiate an influenza vaccination policy back in the 1940s. The Veterans Day effort goes beyond a feel-good publicity campaign, owing to the fact that veterans tend to be older and have more chronic health concerns than the general adult population, putting a relatively high number of them at increased risk for complications of influenza. In addition, AFC notes there are roughly 19.4 million vets in the U.S.—among whom 750,000 do not have health insurance.
AFC Will Support Vets and Public Health on Veterans Day