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Flu vaccine now available at Darnall clinics

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September 23, 2010 | News
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Christopher Brown, a registered nurse with the West Fort Hood Clinic, Carl. R. Darnall Army Medical Center, prepares to give an immunization to Adam Torres, held by Sgt. Erick Torres, 13th ESC, last year at the Charles Thomas Moore Health Clinic. Seasonal flu vaccines are now available. Vickey M. Mouze, CRDAMC Public Affairs
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Captain Christine Bacsa, a registered nurse with the Army Public Health Nursing Service, CRDAMC, administers FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine for the seasonal flu, to Col. (Dr.) Steven E. Braverman, commander, CRDAMC. Vickey M. Mouze, CRDAMC Public Affairs
Cooler morning temperatures and daytime highs below 100 degrees are a good sign that fall is around the corner. The cool air is often a welcome relief for many but it carries with it the beginning of the influenza season and trips to the doctor to see if that cough, sneeze, or fever is due to a cold, allergy or if itís really the flu.

To ward off the flu, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center is currently vaccinating military beneficiaries in their primary care clinics.

Flu immunizations are required for all active-duty, activated National Guard and activated Reserve personnel. Military personnel will receive their vaccinations in their units.

TRICARE beneficiaries enrolled with off-post providers can receive their flu vaccine at their assigned clinic or at one of Darnallís clinics.

This year, individuals can expect a single vaccine, which marks a change from last yearís separate doses for the seasonal flu and H1N1. Nasal spray and injected vaccines will be available again this year.

The nasal spray vaccine is available for individuals ages two to 49 who are not pregnant and do not have pre-existing medical conditions that make them ineligible. The vaccine injection is available for individuals over 49, for children 6 months to 36 months of age, and for high-risk patients such as pregnant women and those with weak immune systems.

Anyone over 9 years old will require only a single dose of vaccine. Children who are 6 months old to 8 years old may require two doses depending on vaccination history. Health care providers will be able to determine your specific needs.

For beneficiaries who qualify, the nasal spray vaccine provides the best protection against seasonal flu. The CDC recommends that if you are sick with a fever, you should talk to your health care provider about getting your vaccine later.

One common misconception about flu immunizations is that it will give you the flu. According to the CDC, the viruses used in the vaccine are inactivated, which means they cannot cause infection. Manufacturers test each batch of flu vaccine to ensure safety.

As always, proper hygiene is one of the biggest factors in stopping the spread of illnesses. Proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, cough and sneeze etiquette, adequate sleep and a nutritious diet are essential to healthy living.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can also occur but are more common in children. If you experience trouble breathing, dehydration, chest pain or sudden dizziness, contact your health care provider immediately.



Units can contact CRDAMC Preventive Medicine at 288-9193 for information on how to schedule vaccine delivery. Active-duty servicemembers inprocessing to Fort Hood will receive the flu vaccine at the Copeland Inprocessing Center. Dependants and retirees cannot receive the vaccine at military units.

Family members, retirees

Any family member 6 months and older or retirees enrolled to any CRDAMC Clinic (Moore, Bennett, West Fort Hood and Family Medicine Residency Clinics) can receive vaccines 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parents can walk-in with children enrolled in the Pediatric Clinic for vaccinations 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Any family member 6 months or older or retirees enrolled to any CRDAMC clinic can receive vaccines 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Any military beneficiary with an ID card and 7-years-old and above can receive vaccines 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Allergy and Immunization Clinic at Thomas Moore Health Clinic.


Retirees can be vaccinated 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the CRDAMC Retiree Health Fair in the Copeland Inprocessing Center in Bldg. 18010 on Battalion Avenue, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Moore Health Clinic in Bldg. 2245 on 58th Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue.
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