National Immunization Awareness Month

Pediatrics immunization nurse Joanna Bousquet places a band aid on patient Andrew Smith after a meningitis B shot during a back-to-school exam at Kenner Army Health Clinic in July 2018.

FORT LEE, Va. – Kenner Army Health Clinic is a proud participant in National Immunization Awareness Month. Conducted each year in August, the campaign emphasizes the need for vaccines to keep our community safe. Individuals need shots to protect them from serious diseases.

Immunizations are proven to greatly reduce the chances of experiencing illnesses such as the flu, measles and pneumonia. Different shots are required throughout one’s lifetime, and it’s important to know which ones are needed at what age, and in some cases, when time of year they are most effective. The best resource for this information is your regular health care provider.

Individuals 6 months of age and older need to get a flu vaccine annually. As fall approaches, it is time to remember to be vaccinated for the 2019-2020 flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends early vaccination for everyone, particularly those most susceptible to the virus. Flu cases tend to be more predominant within school environments where students are in close contact with each other. Also at greater risk is individuals with weakened immunity systems, including the elderly.

As part of its disease prevention efforts at Fort Lee, Army Public Health Nursing will begin the 2019-2020 flu campaign to vaccinate all military personnel in early fall and will be at the annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Sept. 28 offering flu vaccine services to attendees. Additional clinics have taken place in recent years for others, including government civilian personnel, when adequate vaccines were available. Individuals are encouraged to follow Kenner Army Health Clinic on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kenner.ftlee for updates about influenza clinics. Another source of information is the “Flu Hotline” at 804-734-9266.

Lastly, don’t forget that immunizations may be needed when traveling out of the country. For information about elective travel immunizations, education and prescriptions, call APHN at 804-734-9344. It is best to plan for an appointment at least 4-6 weeks in advance of travel in order to allow time for all vaccinations.

APHN is dedicated to sustaining military readiness through health promotion and disease prevention activities for active duty service members, their families and eligible beneficiaries of the Kenner Army Health Clinic network. Informative displays for campaigns such as Immunization Awareness Month can be explored in the Pharmacy lobby. Beneficiaries also can find helpful vaccine information and recommendations at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.