(Fort Leonard Wood)–With COVID-19 constantly in the news, it might seem easy to overlook the flu — and the importance of getting a flu vaccination. However, influenza is a serious illness, and on Fort Leonard Wood and other installations, the Department of Defense Influenza Vaccination Program aims to achieve as close to a 100-percent flu vaccination rate as possible.
While active-duty service members will be given flu vaccinations at their unit of assignment, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital starting today is offering vaccinations to all active-duty family members ages 6 months and older, retirees, and retiree family members. Vaccinations will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Mondays and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. December 8th at the Immunizations Clinic, located inside the Leonard Wood Medical Home section on the north side of the hospital. Patients are advised that COVID-19 precautions will be in place, including requirements to wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot social distancing while waiting in line. While hospital staff members will make every effort to streamline the process and minimize wait times, patients can also help by bringing a completed form with them prior to receiving the vaccine. Links to screening forms for adults and children are available on the hospital’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GLWACH.