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Martin Army Hospital Flu Schedule

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Flu activity in the United States and at Fort Benning is low now, making this the best time to get a flu vaccine to prevent catching the flu. 

The flu is contagious and can cause mild to severe illness.  Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The upcoming season's flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

All people 6 months and older are now recommended to receive annual influenza vaccination.  In February, 2010, the Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted in favor of "universal" influenza vaccination in the United States to protect as many people as possible against the flu.   There is one exception to this: CDC recommends that children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who have never received a seasonal flu vaccine get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

Two doses given at least 4 weeks apart are recommended for children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting a flu vaccine for the first time. Children who only got 1 dose in their first year of vaccination should get 2 doses the following year.

All children 6 months up through 8 years of age getting a flu vaccine for the first time need two doses, at least 4 weeks apart, the first year they are vaccinated in order to develop immune protection..

Martin Army Community Hospital offers various Flu Clinics on Fort Benning this year to all beneficiaries age 5 or older:

 Session 1 - October 2, North Columbus Medical Home, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Session 2 - October 8, Faith Middle School, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Session 3 - October 15, Main Post Exchange, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Session 4 - October 22, McBride Elementary School, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Session 5 - October 29, Benning Conference Center, 11 a.m. - 130 p.m.

 

Family Medical Home and Pediatrics will offer immunizations to patients during regular scheduled appointments.

 More information can be obtained by calling the MACH Flu Hotline, 706-545-8039, the CARE Line, 706-544-2273, select prompt 9 Public Affairs Update, or visiting MACH web page at www.martin.amedd.army.mil

 

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