[HEALTH.MIL] Flu Vaccine

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Flu Vaccine

Two forms of the flu vaccine are distributed in the U.S., and both are covered

  * An injectable, inactivated vaccine that contains a killed virus and can be
used in all age groups 6 months and older.

  * An intranasal spray, made with live, weakened influenza viruses; limited to
use in people who are between the ages of 2 and 49 years, and who are not
pregnant at the time they receive the vaccination.
Flu vaccines may be received at no cost from any TRICARE-authorized provider or
at one of the TRICARE retail network pharmacies that participates in the
vaccination program. To find a participating pharmacy, search online at
<http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/> or call 1-877-363-1303.

NOTE: If you get the vaccine from your provider, you may have to pay copayments
or cost shares for the office visit or other services received during the office

Uniformed service members (Active duty, National Guard, and Reserves) are
required to be immunized. Active duty service members (ADSM) have priority for
getting the vaccine at military treatment facilities but may also receive the
vaccine at a participating network pharmacy.  When received at a network
pharmacy, ADSMs are required to follow their Service policy guidance for
recording the immunization in their shot record by the close of business the
next duty day. Proper documentation should be obtained from the pharmacy and
includes the following:

  * Patient Identification
  * The date the vaccine was given
  * The vaccine name or code
  * Manufacturer
  * Lot number

Flu Prevention
Preventing the spread of the flu is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Get Vaccinated.  Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine as
soon as its available each fall. Some people are at a higher risk of serious
flu-related complications and should get vaccinated each year. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following people should be
vaccinated each year:

  * All children aged six months to 18 years
  * Adults aged 50 years and older
  * Persons with underlying chronic medical conditions
  * All women who are be pregnant during the influenza season
  * Health care workers involved in direct patient care
  * Child care and elderly care workers
  * Persons at high risk of severe complications from influenza
2. Take Steps Daily to Prevent the Spread of the Flu.

  * Wash your hands with soap and warm/hot water
  * Use an alcohol-based sanitizer when hand-washing is not possible
  * Cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze
  * Avoid contact with your nose, eyes or mouth
  * Avoid contact with people who are sick
  * Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms
3. Take Anti-viral Drugs When Recommended.

Your doctor may prescribe anti-viral medications to treat your flu symptoms.
Search the TRICARE Formulary at http://pec.ha.osd.mil/formulary_search.php to
learn more about anti-viral medications.

Last Modified: August 12, 2011

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