Flu Vaccines

Officials say about three dozen children and teenagers have already died from the flu.

Alabama reported one confirmed flu-related death so far, a 22-month-old child from Mobile County who recently died in a New Orleans hospital.

Flu vaccine is available again for those eligible at Lyster Army Hospital.

The immunization clinic offers the flu vaccine Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not required.

Children age six months to eight years who received the vaccination in November should return for the second dose of the vaccine.

Eligible beneficiaries include family members of active-duty military personnel, retirees and their family members.

The clinic will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 and 2 for the holidays.

Lyster Army Hospital
Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 and 2
For information call 255-7754

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Influenza Vaccine

  • Much of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by annual influenza vaccination.
  • Influenza vaccine is specifically recommended for people who are at high risk for developing serious complications as a result of influenza infection.
  • These high-risk groups are:
    • All people age 65 and older.
    • People of any age with chronic diseases of the heart, lungs or kidneys, diabetes, immunosuppression, or severe forms of anemia.
    • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities housing patients of any age.
    • Women who will be more then three months pregnant during influenza season.
    • Children and teenagers who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who may therefore be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after an influenza virus infection.

  • Overall vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year, depending upon the degree of similarity between the influenza virus strains included in the vaccine and the strain or strains that circulate during the influenza season.

  • Influenza vaccine produced in the United States cannot cause influenza.

  • The only type of influenza vaccine that has been licensed in the United States is made from killed influenza viruses, which cannot cause infection.

When to receive the influenza vaccine

  • In the United States, influenza usually occurs from about November until April, with activity peaking between late December and early March.

  • The optimal time for vaccination of persons at high risk for influenza-related medical complications is during October through November.

  • It takes about 1 to 2 weeks after vaccination for antibody against influenza to develop and provide protection.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/fluvac.htm ( The Center for Disease Control Vaccine Information Web site)