August is Immunization Month
July Is Eye Safety Awareness Month
June Is Cancer Survivor Month
May Is Physical Fitness Month
April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
February Is American Heart Month
January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month
Approximately 400,000 vaccines or immunizations are administered per year throughout San Diego Military Treatment Facilities. Hepatitis, Influenza, Small Pox, Tuberculosis (TB) and Typhoid Fever and Anthrax are examples of commonly administered vaccines. The influenza (flu) vaccine alone accounts for 82,000 of the total annual shots administered.
The flu vaccine is a mandatory annual requirement for all active duty military personnel. NMCSD offers a flu vaccine in the form of both nasal mist and syringe. The vaccine is offered between October and January to prepare for the flu season which runs from January to March.
Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect children and adults against many common infectious diseases. Immunization can decrease social and financial costs for families, including time lost from school and work, as well as the expense of medical bills. The administering of immunizations is most important in the early stages of life. To ensure optimum effectiveness, toddlers should have their required vaccine regimen administered before age 2.
As summer concludes, it is important to have children vaccinated prior to their return to school in order to prevent illnesses caused by increased exposure to a wider range of bacteria.
Unvaccinated people put themselves and others in the community at higher risk of disease. Studies have proven that the benefits far out weigh the risk when it comes to getting vaccinated. Serious reactions to vaccines are extremely rare. Minor discomfort around the site of the shot is normal and should not cause concern.
Although it is difficult to completely eliminate the presence of a disease, vaccination helps to keep disease at bay. The ultimate goal is to eliminate disease completely.
Staying up to date on immunizations is vitally important to keeping individuals healthy and prevents an epidemic disease outbreak. In addition, proper hand washing and utilizing hand sanitizer frequently prevents the spread of infectious disease.
NMCSD requires all staff (military, civil service, contractors and volunteers) including all outlying clinics to have an annual screening for TB. This should be completed every year during the individual’s birth month.
Military screenings are available through the Military Health Center Civil Service and volunteers are screened through Occupational Health Contract employees, please coordinate through your contractor and provide a copy of the results to Occupational Health Unit at NMCSD via fax: (619) 532-5749.
To report a communicable disease, contact either the Epidemiology Programs Division by phone at (619) 532-7638 or a Branch Clinic Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT). For urgent matters on evenings, weekends or holidays, dial (619) 887-1309 for the duty PMT.
The NMCSD Immunization Clinic can be reached at 619-532-9360. Their hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Naval Base San Diego619-556-9196 Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PMDriving Directions
Naval Air Station North Island619-545-4317 Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AMDriving Directions
Naval Training Center (NTC)619-524-6046 Hours of OperationMonday - Friday: 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM for Walk-In PatientsDriving Directions
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Bldg. 596619-524-1565Hours of OperationMonday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMDriving Directions
Miramar Air Base858-577-9878Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PMFriday: 7:30 AM - 11:00 AMDriving Directions
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