13 October 2011

Photo by Larry Sorcher, USAG VI Major Gen. James Gilman, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and Fort Detrick, received his flu shot at Barquist Army Health Clinic Sept. 30.
Take action, fight the flu, get your shot

By BAHC Staff

Barquist Health Clinic is making it easier than ever to receive your flu shot by offering it to all patients who come in for routine office visits during the month of October.

In addition, immunizations will be offered at the Odom fitness center 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 11-14, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 1st and 2nd for all DoD civilians and eligible beneficiaries.

A special clinic will be offered at the Odom fitness for school age children on 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct., to coincide with an early dismissal of Fredrick County Schools.Active duty service members are reminded Ft Detrick Operations Order 25-11 2011-2012, Influenza Vaccination Program, requires all service members receive the flu vaccine unless they are medically or administratively exempt.

Times for unit immunizations vary, so talk, with your unit leaders.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2011-2012 vaccines are available.

Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

There are two types of flu vaccines for 2011-2012. The inactivated vaccines are given with a needle and have been used for decades. The second type is the nasal-spray flu vaccine, a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray. The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu.

This vaccine is approved for use in healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.If you have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past, or have developed Gullian-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously, you should consult with your provider first.

Flu is a serious contagious disease; protect yourself and others by getting your Flu shot.

Posted by PAO

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