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Influenza - Seasonal - The Disease
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  1. Why do I need to be immunized against influenza every year?
    Circulating influenza viruse strains change from year to year. Protection that develops after a person is infected or immunized against the circulating viruses of one season does not provide adequate cross-protection when a new influenza strain develops.

  2. What is the best way to protect myself and my family from getting influenza if we are not vaccinated?
    Vaccination is your best protection against influenza infection. If you are unable to receive the vaccine, avoid close contact with people sick with the flu. Wash your hands often with soap and water or if that is unavailable use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. To prevent the spread of germs, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

  3. When should I get vaccinated?
    It is recommended that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as vaccine becomes available in your community. Vaccinations should occur through the entire influenza season which ends when product expires in early summer or supply is exhausted.

  4. Where can I receive my vaccine?
    The influenza vaccine can be received from many MTF's and clinics within DoD. To find a clinic near use the IHB clinic finder found at http://www.vaccines.mil/ClinicFinder.

    Additionally, the TRICARE Management Activity issued the final rule authorizing TRICARE retail network pharmacies to administer seasonal influenza at no cost to beneficiaries the for the 2013-2014 influenza season. Soldiers who receive the influenza vaccination from non-military facilities must provide appropriate immunization data to their unit's MEDPROS point of contact NLT COB of the next duty day following vaccination in order to properly document the annual requirement.