Flu shots key to prevention

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — It’s that time of year again, when your children are throwing a fit about getting the flu shot.

But perhaps, if they see mom or dad getting one, too, they may go more willingly.

Did you know, nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu? That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If getting a flu shot is important enough for your children, it’s just as important for you.

So, go for your own flu shot when you take your children for theirs. Offer to get your shot first. It will help to relax your children.

If fun or colorful bandages are available, ask to wear one alongside your children.

Finish the flu shot appointment with a treat, such as a trip to the park or a healthy fruit smoothie.

To help keep you healthy, Tricare covers all vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include the flu shot or nasal mist. Just make sure you’re receiving your vaccinations from a Tricare-authorized provider.

And remember, you can get all your vaccines through local Express Scripts pharmacies supporting your Tricare benefit, too.

Tripler Army Medical Center is also offering flu shots.

Flu shot schedule and locations

Beneficiaries can receive preventative measures at the following locations:

  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Immunization Clinic
    Monday and Friday, 8-11:45 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
    Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
    Wednesday, 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
    Closed the third Thursday of every month.
  • Navy Branch Clinic, Kaneohe Bay
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
    Thursday, 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 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.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center Immunization Clinic
    Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.
    Wednesday and Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.
    TAMC’s Immunization/Allergy Clinic will offer mass vaccinations Oct. 21; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. TAMC staff and Department of Defense civilians can get their shots at the clinic Oct. 14 and 28; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Exchanges will also host several mass vaccination events:

  • Pearl Harbor NEX
    Oct. 14 and 15, 9 a.m-2 p.m.
  • Hickam BX
    Oct. 15, 9 a.m-2 p.m.
  • Schofield Exchange
    Oct. 22, 9 a.m-2 p.m.
  • Fort Shafter Exchange
    Oct. 28, 9 a.m-2 p.m.
  • Kaneohe Bay MCX
    Oct. 29, 9 a.m-2 p.m.

Local schools will offer their own vaccinations for students:

  • Barbers Point Elementary School, Kapolei
    Oct. 21, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Moanalua Middle School, Honolulu
    Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua
    Oct. 28, 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Navy Hale Keiki School, Honolulu
    Nov. 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Solomon Elementary School, Schofield Barracks
    Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Hickam Elementary School, JBPHH
    Nov. 15, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Iroquois Point Elementary School, Ewa Beach
    Nov. 15, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Wheeler Elementary School, Wheeler Army Airfield
    Nov. 16, 8:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Mokapu Elementary School, Kailua
    Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Mokulele Elementary School, JBPHH
    Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Shafter Elementary School, Fort Shafter
    Nov. 18, 8-11 a.m.
  • Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary, JBPHH
    Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Hale Kula Elementary School, WAAF
    Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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