99th MDG protects Nellis against influenza

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Air Force photograph by Airman Bailee A. Darbasie

More than 50 Airmen were vaccinated at a 2018-2019 Influenza Campaign vaccination event Oct. 11, 2018, on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The campaign will host another event Oct. 17-18 at the Community Commons on base where members of the 99th Medical Group expect to vaccinate nearly 3,500 Airmen.

The 99th Medical Group kicked off their 2018-2019 Influenza Campaign by administering influenza vaccinations to approximately 50 Airmen Oct. 11, 2018, at the 99th Air Base Wing command section on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Senior Master Sgt. David Boydston, 99th Medical Services Flight superintendent, says the 99th MDG expects to inoculate 9,300 active duty, guard and reserve members before Dec. 15 through careful planning and collaboration with public health, medical readiness, medical logistics and the pharmacy.

The official start of the campaign begins with mass flu lines Oct. 17-18. Airmen assigned to the 99th MDG will be at the Community Commons on base administering vaccines to nearly 3,500 Airmen.

To expedite the process, squadrons will be assigned to pre-determined time slots for their Airmen to get vaccinated.

“We will not turn away any Airman who was unable to receive their vaccination during their unit’s established time slot,” said Staff Sgt. Heather Forester, 99th MDG NCO in charge of Allergy and Immunizations Clinic.

Col. Cavan K. Craddock, 99th Air Base wing commander, receives his flu shot from Staff Sgt. Danielle Washington, 99th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, Oct. 11, 2018, at a vaccination event held on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The vaccination event was part of the 99th Medical Group’s 2018-2019 Influenza Campaign at Nellis.

Airmen unable to attend the mass flu line can receive their vaccination by visiting the Immunizations Clinic or the Fast-Track Line in the Atrium, both located at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center on base.

Forester says recent influenza strains have proved fatal to high-risk patients — children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65 — and vaccinations are a critical care opportunity which can protect Airmen, their families and the community from illnesses.

All TRICARE beneficiaries six months and older will be able to get their flu vaccines starting Oct. 19 at the Immunizations Clinic.

Forester advises Airmen who contract the flu to drink plenty of water and make an effort to be seen at the Emergency Room on base or schedule an appointment with their primary care manager.

For further questions and information regarding the flu or vaccination, contact the 99th MDG at 702-653-2470. 
 

Staff Sgt. Danielle Washington, 99th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, administers influenza vaccines to 99th Air Base Wing Airmen Oct. 11, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Along with getting vaccinated, the 99th Medical Group states proper hand hygiene is the next best step for Airmen trying to avoid the flu.

 

Chief Master Sgt. Ronald D. Beadles, 99th Air Base Wing command chief, receives his flu shot from Staff Sgt. Danielle Washington, 99th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, Oct. 11, 2018, at vaccination event held on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99th Medical Group hopes to vaccinate 9,300 service members before Dec. 15.