Flu shots available for active duty

Maj. Anne Staley, 377th Medical Group, gives a flu shot at a 2015 clinic. Flu vaccination is mandatory for active-duty members by Dec. 15. (Photo by Todd Berenger)

Maj. Anne Staley, 377th Medical Group, gives a flu shot at a 2015 clinic. Flu vaccination is mandatory for active-duty members by Dec. 15. (Photo by Todd Berenger)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Injectable forms of the flu vaccine are available at the 377th Medical Group for active-duty military members.

Receiving a flu shot is the best protection from the influenza virus during the flu season.

Flu causes about 200,000 hospitalizations and an average of 36,000 deaths annually. For more information, go to cdc.gov/flu.

Flu vaccination is mandatory for active-duty members by Dec. 15.

The vaccine will be available at the Base Theater from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 and 11, and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 13. Influenza outreaches across the base won’t take place this year.

Active-duty members may also get the vaccine from the MDG 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to noon Friday.

High-risk patients can also visit the clinic. People 65 years old and up; pregnant women; and patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders or weakened immune systems are high risk.