Flu vaccinations coming to a location near you

Flu vaccinations coming to a location near you

For the third year in a row, Hill Air Force Base will be partnering with the Davis County Health Department to provide insurance-billed flu vaccinations for base employees and their families.

The vaccinations will be available at various locations around the installation from October through November. This year’s schedule consists of 19 clinics, set up at 17 locations around the base.

“Getting the influenza vaccination early is the key to prevention,” said Dr. Chris Kleinsmith, Hill’s Chief of Occupational Medicine Services. “The flu vaccine is highly effective, and covers most flu strains for the season. Getting it not only protects you from getting sick, but prevents you from spreading the flu to others.”

Since the inception of this partnership, the number of health insurance companies that cover the cost of this immunization service has grown to 23 and includes Tricare.

What does this mean to you?

Employees and their family members can attend one of the scheduled clinics with a health insurance card and receive a flu vaccination at no cost since most insurance carriers cover the vaccination. Civilian health personnel will also be attending many of these events to provide blood pressure checks and cardiovascular risk assessments including cholesterol screenings.

Clinics will be held:

Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to noon, Bldg. 1295, Small Poe Conf. Rm.

Oct. 6, 7-11 a.m., Bldg 225, Joe Bailey Conf. Rm.

Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, Bldg. 847, Large Conf. Rm.

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Base Exchange

Oct. 9, noon to 5 p.m., Commissary

Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to noon, Bldg. 1295, Small Poe Conf. Rm.

Oct. 14, 7-11 a.m., Bldg. 1515

Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Bldg. 849, B-41 Conf. Rm.

Oct.15, 1-3 p.m., Bldg. 205, Conf. Rm.

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Base Exchange

Oct. 19, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Child Development Center, West Lobby

Oct. 20, 8-11 a.m., Bldg. 1209, Conf. Rm.

Oct. 21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Warrior Fitness Center

Oct. 22, noon-3 p.m., Bldg. 843, EMXG Conf. Rm.

Oct. 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Hess Fitness Center

Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Bldg. 674, Break Room

Oct. 28, 8-11 a.m., Bldg. 180, Rm. 116

Oct. 29, 7-11 a.m., Bldg. 507, Roessler Conf. Rm.

Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Warrior Fitness Center (Fall Expo)

Who is eligible for this service?

All federal service employees, contractors, and Tricare beneficiaries and their family members are eligible, as long as they bring their health insurance information to assist with billing verification. 

In previous years, the partnership between Hill AFB and the Davis County Health Department has successfully vaccinated a significant portion of the base’s population. Last year, these mobile clinics vaccinated 2,642 people, more than any other health- department-partnered program in Air Force Materiel Command. 

The clinics are convenient and significantly reduce waiting at the 75th Medical Group’s Immunizations Clinic. They also improve vaccination and immunity rates in and around our communities.

What kinds of flu vaccine are available?

If you are medically eligible, the Davis County Health Department offers patrons the flu mist, flu shot, high-dose vaccine and, if requested ahead of time, the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccination. 

Parents can also get multiple children vaccinated during just one visit. It’s recommended parents take advantage of the clinics located at the Hill AFB Commissary, Base Exchange, Child Development Center, Warrior or Hess Fitness Centers.

For more information, call the Hill AFB Public Health Office at 801-586-9768.

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