TAMC begins seasonal flu vaccinations

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release

HONOLULU — Flu vaccinations have begun at Tripler Army Medical Center for people who are deploying; health care providers with direct patient contact; those that work with children less than six months of age or high risk patients; pregnant women; those with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease; and people 65 years of age or older.

Because the current vaccine contains two seasonal A strains – including the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus – and one B strain, only one shot is necessary.

“We have both (the) injectable and FluMist vaccine(s) available, and we want to stress that when we speak of health care providers, we are including both military and civilian,” said Lance Golder, military vaccine analyst, U.S. Pacific Command.

Last year, Tripler vaccinated more than 99 percent of their active duty personnel, but only 60 percent of the Army civilians and even less for civilian contractors.  

“We cannot emphasize enough that getting the vaccine is critical in protecting yourselves and our patients,” Golder said. “As health care workers, we promise to ‘offer our patients no harm’ and by administering the vaccine, we are doing just that.”

With the flu vaccine now on hand, immunization for all enrolled beneficiaries is underway at Tripler’s Immunization and Allergy Clinic, Pediatric Clinic and Internal Medicine Clinics.  Schofield Barracks Health Clinic’s Family Practice and Pediatric Clinics are also providing vaccinations.

For those patients who wish to be immunized at SBHC, please note that “SBHC does not have an Allergy and Immunization Clinic, and therefore has the capacity to immunize only those patients enrolled to our clinics,” said Col. Matthew Rettke, deputy commander for clinical services, SBHC.

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 will not be charged, according to Golder. They should visit www.express-scripts/tricare or call (877) 363-1303 for more details and participating pharmacies.

For more information about clinics offering vaccinations, call the Tripler flu hotline, 433-1FLU.

Getting a flu shot is just part of the protection against the illness. With any strain of flu, basic precautions also help. People need to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then, throw the tissue in the trash. Sneeze in a shirt-sleeve. People need to wash their hands often and thoroughly, with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and regularly clean knobs, telephones and items that many people use or touch. Germs spread this way. 

Also, try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Military Exchange Mass Influenza Program

All dates, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

 

  • Oct. 23, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Exchange (Building 1232, Hickam side)
  • Nov. 6, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Exchange (off Nimitz)
  • Nov. 12, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Exchange (off Nimitz)
  • Nov. 13, Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Exchange
  • Nov. 20, Schofield Barracks Main Post Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

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