Yearly flu vaccinations get underway

| September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jan Clark
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Flu vaccinations for deploying personnel, active duty or civilian, are currently underway.

Vaccinations for high-risk patients, health care providers with direct patient care, active duty personnel, and mission-essential or mission-critical Department of Defense civilian and contract employees will soon follow.

High-risk individuals include young children; pregnant women; people 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.

Influenza is a virus that is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. Anyone can get influenza, and trying to avoid people you see sneezing or coughing may not be enough to evade contamination.

“Flu can cause high fever, pneumonia and make existing medical conditions worse,” said Lance Golder, military vaccine analyst, U.S. Pacific Command. “It can also cause diarrhea and seizures in children. And, due to Hawaii’s geographical location, we see influenza cases all year round, not just during your typical flu season.

“The vaccine has already begun to arrive for all services, and we do not expect any shortage this year,” Golder added. “While it takes approximately two weeks for the protection from the vaccine to develop, the protection lasts about a year. I can’t stress enough that it is safe and effective, especially against infection from influenza virus and its complications.”

“All services will once again offer both the intranasal and injectable types of vaccines,” said Capt. Joycelyn Constantino, Army Public Health Nursing. “We will have (both FluMist and injectable) available for use. This enables us to cover our entire population and offer the best possible vaccine for each person.”

“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. “Tricare is once again offering that option.”

Members of the Joint Public Health Vaccination Working Group, which consists of individuals from each service, began meeting several months ago to plan the influenza vaccination schedule for all Tricare-enrolled beneficiaries.

Vaccination schedule

Beneficiary locations

  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Immunization Clinic
    Monday and Friday, 8-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.
    Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.
    Wednesday,7:30-11:45 a.m., 1-2 p.m.
    Closed third Thursday of every month.
  • Navy Branch Clinic, Kaneohe Bay
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30-11:30 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
    Thursday, 7:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m.
  • Navy Headquarters Clinic, Building 1750, JBPHH
    Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Makalapa Clinic, JBPPH
    Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    First Saturday of each month, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Schofield Barracks Health Clinic
    Monday-Thursday, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
    Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-3 p.m.
    Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2 p.m.

 

  • TAMC Immunization Clinic
    Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.
    Wednesday and Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Mass Vaccinations at TAMC’s Immunization/Allergy Clinic

  • General population
    Sept. 9, 23 and Oct. 21, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • TAMC staff/DOD civilians
    Sept. 16, 30 and Oct. 14, 28, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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