Health & Safety

September 13, 2013

AFMC to eliminate flu shots for some civilians due to budget

Michelle Martz
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs

As command officials make tough budget decisions with fewer dollars to spend, Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees who are not beneficiaries of the TRICARE health program will no longer receive AFMC-provided flu shots in advance of the upcoming flu season.

Civilian health is a top priority in AFMC. However, vaccine purchases had to be made early in 2013, when this year’s budget numbers were less certain. Analysis determined that less than 20 percent of the civilian population used the AFMC-provided flu vaccine program and officials elected to instead fund AFMC’s more comprehensive civilian programs, the Employee Assistance Program and Civilian Health Promotion Services. CHPS is designed to provide wellness educators and screening programs that improve the overall health of the civilian workforce. CHPS offers health education classes, cardiac risk profile screenings and an online employee health management tool at afmcwellness.com.

“In the past, AFMC has offered both the flu vaccine and wellness programs because civilian health and wellness is an important factor that supports our command mission,” said Col. James King, the AFMC command surgeon. “Unfortunately, limited resources required us to prioritize and ultimately fund broader health programs that provide more resources for the total health of our civilian workforce.”

Two years ago, AFMC was able to expand its civilian wellness program to include offering free flu shots to the entire civilian workforce. In 2012, approximately 12,000 civilians participated in the program.

Today, civilians not covered by TRICARE are urged to contact their private health care providers and get a flu shot.

“Getting a flu shot is the best way to help prevent influenza,” King said. “Early immunization is key to protecting yourself and your family members, so we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

While many civilian employees are no longer eligible for the free on-base flu vaccine, TRICARE continues to provide shots for all active-duty members, military retirees and military family members.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs December 12, 2014

Commissary hours The Commissary will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. Regular hours will resume Dec. 27. The Commissary will be open regular hours Dec. 31, and closed Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, call 661-277-9175. MPF closure The Military Personnel Section in Bldg. 3000 will be closed for an official function Dec. 15 from...
 
 

From the palm of your hand, MyMC2 connects you to Edwards

Members of the Edwards community¬†are reminded of a smartphone app¬†that lets them know what’s going on around base. The My Military Communities is a mobile application that centralizes all of Edwards’ community events, organizations and services right in your pocket for smartphones, both Android and Apple. MyMC2 lists activities happening on base as well as...
 
 
TPS

TPS graduates 24 students

Twenty-four students of Class 14A will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School during a ceremony at the schoolhouse Dec. 12 where each student will be awarded a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering from the A...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Single Airmen get home-baked holiday goodies

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Senior Airman Chasaneya Jones, 412th Operations Support Squadron fills bags of cookies with the help of her son, Airess. Around 3,600 home-baked cookies were donated.The annual Airman’...
 
 

Thrift Savings Plan limits increase for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced increased limits for 2015 Thrift Savings Plan contributions. “The maximum contribution amount for traditional and/or Roth TSP will be $18,000; this is an increase from the elective deferral limits of 2013 and 2014, which was $17,500,” said Erica Cathro, an AFPC Human Resources Specialist. “Additionally, the maximum amount of...
 
 

New personal property allotment rule implemented to protect Airmen

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently directed a policy change in paycheck allotments which will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property. The prohibition includes allotments for the purchase or finance of vehicles, such as automobiles, motorcycles and boats; appliances or household goods, such as washers, dryers and furniture; electronics...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>