By Yan Kennon
Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Hospital Jacksonville will provide influenza (flu) shots:
Oct. 13-14 and Nov. 14-15, 8 a.m. - noon, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville's commissary (for TRICARE beneficiaries age six months and up)
Oct. 11, 16, and 18 (3 - 6 p.m.) and Oct. 23 (6 - 9:00 a.m.) at NAS Jacksonville's Child Development Center (for CDC and Youth Center staff and children age six months and up)
*Vaccine for pregnant women is not yet available.
The hospital and branch health clinic Immunizations Clinics will announce when flu vaccine is available on-site, sometime in October.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination with an injectable flu vaccine for everyone six months and older (and before the end of October, if possible).
Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.
It's also a requirement for active duty military personnel, selected reserves and health care workers.
As recommended by CDC, nasal spray won't be offered for the 2017-18 flu season.
The injectable vaccine is effective for everyone, including pregnant women (protecting mom during pregnancy, and baby for up to six months after birth) and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or emphysema.
For questions, call Immuni-zations Clinic at 904-542-7810, or visit CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/flu/.