(Via Ho’okele News)
It is mandatory for all Department of Defense (DoD) unformed personnel who are not medically or administratively exempt to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Vaccination against seasonal influenza is also mandatory for civilian personnel who provide direct patient care in DoD medical treatment facilities and for civilians where it is written in their position description as a condition of employment.
The Oahu Joint Services Vaccination Team will conduct multi-service mass influenza vaccination campaigns for shore-based DoD personnel assigned to a command or activity in Hawaii.
The schedule is:
* Sept. 23 to 25, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bloch Arena and Makai Recreation Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
* Sept. 23 to 25, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kaneohe Bay Branch Health Clinic, Kunia Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific.
* Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wahiawa Branch Health Clinic, building 22, Center Drive and Rochefort/Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) NCTAMS PAC.
* Sept. 23 and 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rochefort Building, Camp H.M Smith.
* Sept. 24 and 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pollock Theater, U.S. Marines Forces Pacific building four.
Beginning Oct. 1, family members, other TRICARE beneficiaries and Department of the Navy and Department of the Air Force civilians can receive the flu vaccination at the following immunization clinics:
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii enrollees should go to the Makalapa and Kaneohe Bay Branch Health Clinics.
Department of the Navy civilians should go to the Makalapa, Kaneohe Bay and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Branch Health Clinics.
The 15th Medical Group enrollees and Department of the Air Force civilians should go to the Hickam Allergies/Immunizations Clinic.
TRICARE beneficiaries family members may also receive the flu vaccine at no cost from a participating retail pharmacy. A list of pharmacy chains offering the vaccine can be found at http://www.express-scripts.com/tricare/pharmacy.
The pharmacy should be called in advance to ensure availability of the vaccine and that they have no age restrictions.
Proof of vaccination at a retail pharmacy can be brought to any of the above clinics for documentation in the patient’s electronic record.
Seasonal flu vaccinations will also be offered at the exchanges. DoD beneficiaries who present a valid common access card (CAC) or military identification card can receive the flu vaccination at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hickam BX on Oct. 4, Pearl Harbor NEX on Oct. 10 and 11, Kaneohe Bay MCX on Oct. 18, Schofield Barracks PX on Oct. 25 and Fort Shafter on Oct. 30.
For more flu vaccination information, call the Oahu Joint Services Flu Hotline at 433-1FLU (1358).