Vaccines play a vital role in helping protect everyone’s health throughout their lives. They help protect children and adults alike from becoming seriously ill from infectious diseases.
As National Immunization Awareness Month winds down, Womack Army Medical Center and the Fort Bragg community are preparing for flu season.
Flu season is unpredictable and has the potential to impact Army readiness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 25 million people suffered from influenza illnesses in the 2015 to 2016 season. The CDC states that getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza infection and helped prevent 23 percent of influenza-related hospitalizations in 2015 to 2016.
WAMC will provide flu vaccines to the Fort Bragg community starting in October.
Soldiers will largely receive vaccines from their units and Family members will be able to get the vaccine at their assigned clinic or medical home.
The hospital is also partnering with Fort Bragg Schools to provide vaccines for children during the school day. All students attending school on Fort Bragg must receive a flu shot.
There will also be vaccines available at the Post Exchanges throughout October and November.
The North Post Exchange will host a clinic Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Oct. 14 and Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Post Exchange will host clinics Oct. 16 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No appointment is needed and you will just need to bring your Department of Defense identification card or your TRICARE beneficiary card.
Individuals who were previously unable to get the flu shot due to egg allergies can now receive the vaccination.
For more information, call 907-WELL (9355).