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DoD to Vaccinate Against H1N1 Virus
- By FEND Staff
- September 14, 2009
In preparation for a possible fall pandemic, DoD will vaccinate all military servicemembers against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be made available to all military family members who want it, DoD announced Sept. 1. The vaccine, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, will be mandatory for uniformed personnel, said Army Lt. Col. Wayne Hachey, director of preventive medicine for DoD health affairs. Priority will be given to health care workers, deploying troops, those serving on ships and submarines, and new recruits, Hachey said. DoD initially will receive 1 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available, and another 1.7 million doses later in October. Officials do not know yet whether people will need one dose or two, Hachey said. Guidelines for giving priority to family members will follow those for the general population, and family members will have multiple opportunities to get the vaccine, Hachey said. Seasonal flu vaccine already is available and DoD said it would begin giving those shots shortly. The H1N1 is a never-before-seen combination of human, swine and avian flu viruses, officials said. First detected in Mexico in February, it quickly spread around the world. To see more, go to: www.army.mil/-news/2009/09/02/26861-troops-to-receive-h1n1-flu-vaccinations/?ref=news-home-img7.