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) is 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, and DoD civilians and contractors specifically required to be immunized for continuity of operations.
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 unless their particular medical needs indicate the requirement for the injectable.
According to Lieutenant James Viano, the NHCQ Preventive Medicine Department Head, unit representatives can contact the Influenza Coordinators ( phone numbers listed below) to set up a visit from a mobile vaccinations team to conduct influenza vaccination exercises for active duty 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.” said Viano. “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 Influenza Coordinator: 703-784-5541
OCS Influenza Coordinator: 703-784-2062/3
All other military personnel, eligible TRICARE beneficiaries, 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 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. All other DoD civilians are asked to first seek flu vaccination through their own health care provider or local pharmacy. Non-active duty military members 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 Immunizations Clinic at 703-784-1712.
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 call 1-899-363-1303 or visit http://www.tricare.mil/LiveWell/Preventive/FluResources.aspx. 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).