Residents encouraged to get immunizations before flu season

| August 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release

HONOLULU — August is recognized as Immunization Awareness Month, so the Joint Vaccination Working Group, or JVWG, comprised of members from all services, has been meeting at Tripler Army Medical Center since March to design a plan to successfully vaccinate Tricare-enrolled beneficiaries against influenza.

Proper immunization for diseases such as hepatitis, typhoid, measles, mumps, tetanus and rubella are necessary for long-term prevention and good health, but flu season comes around every year and that season will soon be here.

“With the goal of more than 90 percent of all our military service members vaccinated by Dec. 1, we have ordered 10-percent more vaccines that we did last year,” said Lance Golder, military vaccine analyst, U.S. Pacific Command.

Children 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated for the flu. High-risk individuals include young children; pregnant women; those with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease; and those 65 years of age or older. 

Health care workers and those who care for children less than 6 months of age should also be vaccinated.

“It is important to note that there will only be one flu shot administered this year,” said Capt. Joycelyn Constantino, officer in charge, Army Public Health Nursing-TAMC. “The vaccine contains two seasonal A-strains, including the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 virus, and one B strain, making only one shot necessary.” 

Vaccinations for deploying personnel (active duty or civilian), high-risk patients, and health care providers with direct-patient care are expected to begin in September. Active duty personnel and mission-essential or mission-critical Department of Defense civilian and contract employees’ vaccinations will follow. 

JVWG’s outreach plan extends to family members, schools and exchanges, which are scheduled to begin the vaccinations in mid-October.

“For those individuals who choose to receive their vaccinations from a Tricare-authorized provider or through one of the network pharmacies that participate in the vaccination program, there is no cost,” Golder said, “(That is) something that is being offered once again this year from Tricare, and (as) a benefit to our population.” 

Visit or call (877) 363-1303 for more details on the vaccination program. Call the Multi-Service Flu hotline for additional flu season information at 433-1FLU (1358).



Shots will be provided at the following schools: 


  • Barbers Point Elementary, Oct. 15, 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Hale Kua Elementary, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Hickam Elementary, Oct. 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Iroquois Elementary, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Mokapu Elementary, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Navy Hale Keiki, Oct. 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Pearl Harbor Kai, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Shafter Elementary, Nov. 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Solomon Elementary, Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Wheeler Elementary, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wheeler Middle School, Nov. 24, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.



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