Flu season is here and Lyster Army Health is prepared to provide vaccination to improve the health and maintain readiness of the force.

Active Duty Soldiers can obtain the flu shot beginning October 16. The schedule is below:
•October 16-19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Yano Hall
•October 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Yano Hall
•October 21 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room J-100 at LAHC
•The make-up date for Active Duty will be October 26 in room J-100 at LAHC from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•The flu vaccine will be available at the Retiree Health Fair Friday, October 27 at Yano Hall.
•Vaccines for all other beneficiaries will be given in the LAHC Immunization clinic beginning Monday, October 30.

Flu shots will be available in the preventive medicine department from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients should keep in mind that lunchtime is the busiest time for the department.

"We hope to make it easily accessible to individuals who do not want to make a doctor's appointment off post or may just be putting off getting the vaccine. We hope our eligible population takes advantage of this free but extremely beneficial benefit," said Cpt. Mildred Castillo, Chief of LAHC Preventive Medicine.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of receiving the vaccine as early as they can. Likewise, Department of Defense schools require children be vaccinated no later than December 1.

Flu season is often unpredictable and has the potential to impact Department of Defense force readiness and mission. In the United States, influenza results in more than 40 million reported cases, more than 750,000 hospitalizations due to serious complications, and up to 50,000 deaths annually.