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Flu Update

The flu vaccine is here. Currently, the Immunization Clinic is vaccinating all enrolled uniformed service members. The clinic also has a limited quantity of vaccines available for children enrolled to the clinic from ages 6 months to 18 years as well as pregnant women on a first come, first served basis. Additional stocks are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Don't want to wait? Read on to learn about TRICARE options.

Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. Flu symptoms spread person-to-person through coughing, sneezing and personal contact.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Two forms of flu vaccine are available in the U.S., and both are covered by TRICARE.

The flu shot is an injectable, inactivated vaccine that can be used in all age groups from 6 months to 64 years. Flu mist is an intranasal spray made with live, weakened influenza viruses and is the preferred vaccine for people between the ages of 2 and 49 years.

Getting a flu shot is easy and inexpensive for TRICARE beneficiaries. You can get your flu vaccine from any Military Treatment Facility (MTF) at no cost to you, or from your pharmacist at one of the 45,000 network pharmacies that administer vaccines to TRICARE beneficiaries.

Find a participating pharmacy near you at https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/findpharmacy.shtml or by calling Express Scripts at 1-877-363-1303.

You can also get vaccinated by your doctor or at one of the retail clinics found inside many pharmacies. Keep in mind this is considered a medical visit, so you may have cost shares or co-pays with this option.

Uniformed service members are required to be immunized and have priority for getting the flu vaccine at MTFs.
 
The Hanscom Immunization Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Please note the clinic closes at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of every month.

If you do choose to get vaccinated outside an MTF, please be sure to get this information from the participating network pharmacy when you receive your flu vaccine:

Patient identification
Date vaccine received
Vaccine name or code
Manufacturer
Lot number
Dose

Once immunized, provide the above information to the Hanscom Immunization Clinic in person or by fax at 781-225-6172 to update your immunization record.

For the most update information, call 781-225-6789 and choose option 2.