Flu vaccinations will be offered at 28 KMC events beginning today, and Army and Air Force medical officials have developed plans for all service members and Department of Defense civilians to receive their vaccination.
The available vaccines include the intranasal FluMist for healthy beneficiaries between the ages of two and 49 and multiple formulations of the injectable vaccine for the pediatric population.
At community events, beneficiaries must be 4 or older. Those younger than 4 should receive their vaccination at their military treatment facility Immunization Clinic. Also, those who are allergic to eggs will not be able to receive their vaccine at a community event. To receive their vaccine, they should see their primary care provider.
For many, annual vaccination is a requirement and not a recommendation. This includes military service members, healthcare workers, school-age children, as well as childcare facility employees and attendees. These people should receive information from their unit or organization for guidance on when and where they will receive their vaccination.
Both military and civilian beneficiaries are encouraged to attend one of these events which are provided as a convenience, as wait times should be shorter than those expected at KMC Immunization Clinics.
A robust schedule of planned flu vaccine community events will be made available for local communities at locations listed below. The schedule is also available on the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LRMCofficialpage, the LRMC public website at https://ermc.amedd.army.mil/landstuhl/index.cfm in the “What’s New at LRMC” section at the bottom of the page and the Army homepage at www.army.mil/article/156080/
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the LRMC Heaton Auditorium
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the LRMC Heaton Auditorium
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Health and Wellness Center on Ramstein
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Landstuhl Elementary & Middle School
• 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hall of Champions in Baumholder
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the KMCC on Ramstein
• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in Bldg. 3003, the FRG room in basement on Panzer
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the HAWC on Ramstein
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Sembach Elementary & Middle School
• 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Smith Elementary School in Baumholder
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at LRMC Heaton Auditorium, open to all beneficiaries for Retiree Appreciation Day
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Red Ribbon Event at Sembach Sports and Fitness Center, Bldg 105
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at LRMC Heaton Auditorium
• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Kleber Kaserne Gym
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Wetzel Teen Center in Baumholder
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Middle/High School Cafeteria in Baumholder
• 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Kaiserslautern Elementary, Middle & High School
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Armstrong’s Club
• 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 30 in Bldg. 3003, the FRG room in basement on Panzer
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Java Café in Baumholder
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at LRMC Heaton Auditorium
• 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at LRMC Heaton Auditorium
• 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Tiger Theater on Sembach
• 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Community Center on Vogelweh
It is estimated that each year in the U.S. an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.
Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Some people, such as older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.
The flu season in Europe routinely continues through April with the greatest number of cases occurring in January. Vaccine and immunization information is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines and the Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency website at www.vaccines.mil.
For more information, contact the Ramstein Immunization at 479-2549 or 06371-46-2549, the LRMC Allergy & Immunization Clinic at 590-5816 or 06371-9464-5816 or the Kleber Army Health Clinic at 590-2615 or 06371-9464-2615.