The start of flu vaccination season

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

This year’s seasonal flu vaccination season kicked off on Oct. 5 with Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and other base leadership receiving their flu vaccination at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

“We now have a schedule for all active duty and Department of Defense beneficiaries,” said Lt. Col. Kari Stone, 17th Medical Operations Squadron commander. “Our goal is to have the majority of active duty vaccinated by mid-November.”

Since vaccinations are mandatory for active duty, reserve and guard personnel the seasonal flu vaccine will initially only be offered to uniformed service members. Additionally, the medical group will mail out informational letters to high-risk members of Goodfellow. Once sufficient stock of the flu vaccine is on hand the medical group will notify all other beneficiaries.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The medical group is closed on all holidays, family days, wing down days and the third Thursday of each month for training.

“An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent seasonal flu,” said Stone. “It is a safe and preventive health action that benefits all of us. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu.”

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, one can take every day preventative actions to reduce the spread of germs, like washing their hands often with soap and water and staying home when sick.

Flu vaccinations will be available until June 2018. For more information or questions, contact the Immunizations Clinic at 325-654-1484.