reply to post by Phage
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tiger Cruise Update: from the 13th MEU Commanding Officer
And this, also from July.
Defense Department to Begin H1N1 Flu Vaccinations All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be
available to all military family members who want it, according to Defense Department health affairs officials. The H1N1 vaccination program will
begin in early October. The vaccine, which has been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, will be mandatory for uniformed personnel.
Health-care workers, deploying troops, those serving on ships and submarines, and new accessions are at the top of the list. The department will use
the usual seasonal flu vaccine distribution chain for the H1N1, Hachey said, noting that while the mass H1N1 vaccinations are new to the general
population, the process for vaccinating against seasonal flu is old hat for the Defense Department. The department initially will receive 1 million
doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and another 1.7 million doses later in October. FDA officials still are studying H1N1 and the vaccine, and the results
should be known by the end of the month. The CDC has established target groups for those at greatest risk for transmitting or being affected by the
H1N1. They include pregnant women, health-care workers, those younger than 25 or older than 65, and those with pre-existing health conditions. The
symptoms of the H1N1 flu are almost the same as the seasonal flu: fever, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, muscle aches and feeling rundown. The
federal government is urging states and municipalities to begin preparing now for the fall flu season.
everything else I can find also says they will begin vaccinations in early October.