OCT 2012 - All Hands Update: NMCSD Issues Flu Shots
Updated January 11, 2013
Influenza (also known as the “flu”) is caused by a contagious virus that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is different from the common cold. Often influenza causes mild illness, but in some people it can be serious or fatal. The most effective prevention against influenza is vaccination. Flu vaccine is now available for all eligible beneficiaries at NMC San Diego and Medical Home Port clinic sites. This year national public health authorities recommend that everyone more than six months old get vaccinated for flu. People unable to get vaccinated before flu season starts can still benefit by getting a flu shot during the flu season. So get your flu shot NOW if you haven’t had one yet! Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) has plenty of flu vaccine available and will continue to offer flu vaccinations to beneficiaries throughout the flu season.
Call the NMCSD Flu Hotline at 619-532-5FLU for the latest information about availability of various flu vaccine types and vaccination hours at NMCSD clinics and NMCSD walk-in shot station. The station provides for patients 12 years and older for injectable vaccine and Flumist for patients 2-49 years and healthy. The station is located in Building 1 across from Medical Records.
TRICARE beneficiaries, including active duty personnel, can also receive flu vaccination at no cost at participating TRICARE retail network pharmacies. Active duty personnel that use this option must take the pharmacy documentation back to their command within 24 hours for entry in readiness databases. For more information about the Tricare retail pharmacy option: http://www.tricare.mil/flu/flucoverage.aspx.
FDA approved a high-dose flu vaccine for people 65 years old and older. Although NMCSD is not receiving this particular vaccine this season, it is available to Tricare beneficiaries at some of the Tricare retail network pharmacies.
To Keep From Getting Influenza (Flu):
This year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months old and older should get vaccinated for the flu. Vaccination is especially recommended for these groups:
If You Do Get Sick With Flu-Like Illness:
Contact your medical provider within 48 hours of symptom onset if you have conditions that increase your risk for complications from the flu, such as:
Seek medical care immediately if you or your children have any of these warning signs:
NMCSD staff members with influenza-like illness should contact their supervisor. We ask our healthcare workers and other staff to stay home and not be in the workplace while they have influenza-like illness.
For More Flu Healthcare Tips... http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whattodo.htm