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Influenza or "flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Syptoms often start with a sudden onset of fever, and may include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, body aches and nausea. While people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk of serious flu complications than the active-duty population, severe cases can occur unpredictably among active duty personnel as well. Also, because it can spread quickly, influenza outbreaks can adversely impact Navy force readiness and mission execution.
Resources on this page provide policy, guidance, and best practices for the prevention of influenza for military members and beneficiaries.
Seasonal vaccination is the primary control measure to reduce the risk of severe influenza and mission degradation, minimizing the risk to force. Department of Defense (DoD) policy mandates that all Active Duty and Reserve Component personnel be immunized against influenza annually.
Policy and Guidance
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