It’s flu season. Are you ready? According to the Center for Disease Control each year in the United States an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized during the flu season. New flu cases are already being reported through local news channels.
Naval Health Clinic Quantico (NHCQ) and its Branch Health Clinics (BHCs) are offering seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations for all active duty military members, TRICARE beneficiaries, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians where influenza vaccination is written in their position description as a condition of employment, DoD civilians and contractors specifically required to be immunized for continuity of operations, reservists, and foreign military members.
Active Duty Unit representatives can contact their respective Influenza Coordinators (phone numbers listed below) to set up a visit from a mobile vaccinations team to conduct influenza vaccination exercises for their active duty military personnel. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for unit commanders to meet the 90 percent objective for active duty by early December. By coordinating vaccination evolutions at work centers we help limit the loss of manpower, increase medical readiness, and ensure the health protection of our population.
- Mainside Influenza Coordinator: 703-784-1685
- TBS BHC Influenza Coordinator: 703-784-5541
- OCS BHC Influenza Coordinator: 703-784-2062/2063
- Washington Navy Yard (WNY) BHC Influenza Coordinator: 202-433-0880
- Sugar Grove (SG) BHC Influenza Coordinator: 304- 249-6380
- Mainside Immunizations Clinic: 703-784-1537
All other military personnel, eligible TRICARE beneficiaries, reservists, foreign military members, DoD civilians where influenza vaccination is written in their position description as a condition of employment, and DoD civilians and contractors specifically required to be immunized for continuity of operations can receive their flu vaccine by visiting the NHCQ Mainside Immunizations Clinic, located on the first floor, Hallway F, between 0730 and 1530, Monday through Friday. TBS personnel can visit the TBS Clinic between 0800 and 1530. WNY BHC and SG BHC personnel can visit these clinics from 0700-1500. All other DoD civilians requesting vaccination at the clinic will be required to complete a DD Form 2569, Other Health Insurance (OHI) or present OHI card before receiving immunization. For more information regarding influenza and vaccinations call the NHCQ Mainside Immunizations Clinic at 703-784-1537.
Flu vaccines may be received at no cost from any TRICARE-authorized provider or at one of the TRICARE retail network pharmacies. For more information visit http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/. Active duty members who use this TRICARE benefit to receive their flu immunization must provide documentation to the Influenza Coordinator for their respective clinic for entry into the Military Readiness Reporting System (MRRS). Anyone receiving a flu vaccination will be required to fill out a medical history form and be prescreened before the vaccine is given. Patients will receive the intranasal vaccine unless their particular medical needs indicate the requirement for the injectable vaccine.