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MDS now offering flu vaccines

Hanscom clinic offering limited flu vaccines

Staff Sgt. Tyler Watkins, Immunizations Clinic NCO in charge, gives a flu shot to 2nd Lt. Michelle Radovan, 66 MDS clinical nurse, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., last year. The clinic have begun administering flu vaccines to active duty members, children under age 18 and high-risk beneficiaries.(U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- 66th Medical Squadron officials here announced they have begun administering flu vaccines to active duty members, children under age 18 and high-risk beneficiaries.

"The flu can be associated with serious illnesses, particularly among very young children and people with certain chronic medical conditions,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Gough, chief of Aerospace Medicine.

The high-risk population includes people ages 50 to 64 and those with asthma or other chronic health conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza.

Those eligible may schedule an appointment with the MDS Immunization Clinic at 781-225-6172.

Clinic officials expect to offer the flu vaccine to others later next month.

To learn more about the flu, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html.

For further information about flu vaccines at Hanscom, contact the Immunizations Clinic.