By Sgt. Natalie Kintz (Tripler AMC)November 4, 2019
HONOLULU - With flu season here, Tripler Army Medical Center's staff is ensuring they are vaccinated for their patients and their own health. Military personnel at TAMC are 91% vaccinated and are coming closer to reaching their goal of 100% flu ready every day.
The flu drive at the immunization clinic ran for one week in October and administered over 3000 flu shots with zero safety incidents. According to Staff Sgt. Aaron Williams, the clinic's supervisor, the immunization personnel worked long hours delivering vaccines to clinics, administering flu vaccinations and updating records.
"We worked together cohesively with high morale representing our organization to the best of our abilities," said Williams.
Tripler provides care to over 261,000 eligible members which includes all branches of active duty military and their family members, military-eligible retirees, veterans and residents of Pacific Islands.
Maj. Brian Keene, director of Tripler's family medicine clinic said, "The flu vaccine is the first step toward preventing illness, and as a healthcare worker we want to keep our patients and our families safe."
With a staff of 4,000 members and the abundance of interaction with all their patients, it is clear why flu readiness is a priority.
If you and your family members have questions regarding your influenza vaccination the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has resourceful tips and frequently asked questions.