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Flu season is here

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Flu season is upon us, and the 78th Medical Group is working diligently on its 2016 Flu Campaign.

As vaccines arrive, the Immunizations Clinic will focus first on the active duty population. Once the active duty population is immunized, the clinic will open availability to dependent and retirees. High-risk beneficiaries may receive flu vaccines now with a referral from their primary care provider.

In addition, Individual Mobilization Augmentees may walk in to the Immunization Clinic effective immediately. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices does not recommend the live attenuated influenza vaccine or FluMist for the 2016-2017 season due to their low effectiveness from 2013 through 2016.

Beneficiaries should be aware that the FluMist may still be available at off base pharmacies but it will not be covered by TRICARE nor will it satisfy readiness requirements for service members.

Beneficiaries are encouraged to watch the 78th Medical Group Facebook page and signs posted throughout Robins for more information on availability and vaccination locations.