Lyster Clinic staff encourages beneficiaries to receive H1N1 vaccines

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Department of Health and Human Services has designated this week as National Influenza Vaccination Week. The staff at Lyster Army Health Clinic encourages all military beneficiaries to take this opportunity to get vaccinated against H1N1.

The H1N1 Influenza has shown a significant decline in the number of cases that are being reported in the past two months, according to Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius.

Between April and mid-November 2009, there were about 47 million cases of H1N1 flu with more than 200,000 hospitalizations and nearly 10,000 deaths. The vast majority of deaths occurred in children and non-elderly adults.

While the influenza activity has decreased in the past few weeks, flu experts recommend for the public to prepare for a third wave of H1N1 flu and receive vaccinations. The number of people who get vaccinated against the flu typically drops after November.

H1N1 is still causing sickness and even death. Vaccination is people's best protection, according to the LAHC staff.

LAHC's Immunization Clinic is open Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Appointments are not required. There are scheduled dates, times and locations for active-duty Soldiers to receive their vaccines, and they can check with their units for details.

For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at 255-7754.

Page last updated Fri January 15th, 2010 at 09:02