It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and flu season is just around the corner. Although seasonal flu usually peaks in January or February, it can occur as early as October which means our annual Flu Campaign is ramping up.
According to the FLU.gov website, the seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses that can cause mild to severe illness and in some cases can lead to death. You can acquire and spread the virus to other unit members, friends, and family. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 30,000 deaths occur annually as a result of the virus.
In addition to serious illness, the flu can significantly decrease unit readiness and impede mission accomplishment. You might ask yourself, is it worth the risk not to protect yourself and those around you?
The Immunization Clinic and medical group staff are here to serve you, and we are asking all Airmen on base to obtain their flu vaccination in a timely manner this upcoming season. Our goal is to provide the vaccine in an efficient and convenient manner and achieve greater than a 95 percent vaccination rate, base wide, by November. We plan a mass, Team March vaccination site for which the date and time will be announced soon.
As Airmen and leaders, we need to support and encourage each other to participate and help us serve you. Let’s all do our parts and make this year’s Flu Campaign a huge success and in turn, protect ourselves, our families and our Wingmen!