The Army estimates it will use approximately 1.6 million doses of the injectable influenza vaccine (a.k.a. flu shot) to keep both active duty and reserve Soldiers, civilians staff, and family members healthy during the upcoming flu season.  

For the 2016-2017 flu seasons, only injectable flu shots will be provided to Soldiers, DOD Civilians, family members and retirees. No live attenuated influenza vaccine, also known as Flu Mist, will be offered based on effectiveness recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Service members are strongly discouraged from receiving vaccines at outside facilities since this can potentially affect Fort Lee’s readiness numbers due to a delay in reporting to MEDPROS. In addition, service members should not receive Flu Mist at retail pharmacies since TRICARE will not reimburse the purchase.

Organizational leaders should ensure their units are scheduling clinics for the active duty population with KAHC’s Preventive Medicine team, by contacting Capt. Leonna Ameduite at (804) 734-9891.

Wilkerson Pediatric Clinic and Family Medicine Clinic beneficiaries may take advantage of the late flu clinics every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Most people over the age of six months will benefit from influenza vaccination. In most cases, according to the CDC, the risks of getting vaccinated are significantly lower than the benefits. By getting vaccinated, each person can keep his or her loved ones safe. Getting vaccinated protects others who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, such as older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children – especially infants younger than six months old who are too young to get vaccinated. Also, vaccination has shown to make the flu milder, which may reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes such as hospitalizations. 

Fort Lee’s goal is to immunize with flu shots at least 90 percent of service members and health care professionals by Dec. 15, 2016.  

For more information, visit the KAHC website at http://kennernarmc.amedd.army.mil/Site/Pages/home.aspx or visit Kenner’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kenner.ftlee.