Flu shots available
November 20, 2009
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Martin Army Community has seasonal flu immunizations and H1N1 vaccine mist available at the Flu Clinic.
Tricare patients eligible for the seasonal flu vaccine are as follows:
Children ages 6 months through 18 years.
People ages 50 and older.
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
People who live with or care for those at a high risk for complications from flu. This includes health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 with particular emphasis on
vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months. These children are at higher risk of flu-related complications.
At this time the Martin Army Community Hospital has the H1N1 vaccine for family members, retirees and their family members who are in the above categories on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hospital staff anticipates more mist and vaccine in the near future. Active-duty personnel are receiving their seasonal and H1N1 immunizations through the Preventive Medicine Department teams who are visiting all units.
Fort Benning school children who have parental consent are receiving their H1N1 vaccine this month at school. Children who are 10 or younger will receive their second dose at school in January.
All non-active-duty patients may also use their Tricare benefits as stated below:
Tricare Coverage and Availability
1. The vaccine can be obtained at the Martin Army Community Hospital Flu Clinic, located on the eighth floor of the hospital, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If a person is unable to obtain the vaccines at Martin Army Community Hospital, Tricare will cover the seasonal flu shot, the seasonal nasal spray and the H1N1 vaccine for qualifying beneficiaries when administered in a doctor's office or a network Minute Clinic.
Immunizations obtained at pharmacies (excluding CVA Minute clinics networked only in the Atlanta area), grocery stores, country health departments, etc., are not covered by Tricare.
2. No referral is needed for vaccinations or other clinical preventive services.
3. The nasal spray vaccine is not covered for ages 50 and older.
4. For Tricare for Life beneficiaries, Medicare covers flu vaccines, and Tricare pays as second payer if needed.
5. This year, standard and extra beneficiaries may obtain the flu vaccines with no cost share applied.
For more information, watch the Fort Benning TV for a "Flu" feature next week and continue to check www.martin.amedd.army.mil for updates or call 706-544-2273 for more information.