FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2020) — With COVID-19 constantly in the news, it might seem easy to overlook the flu — and the importance of getting a flu vaccination.
However, influenza is a serious illness, and on Fort Leonard Wood and other installations, the Department of Defense Influenza Vaccination Program aims to achieve as close to a 100-percent flu vaccination rate as possible.
While active-duty service members will be given flu vaccinations at their unit of assignment, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is offering vaccinations to all active-duty family members ages 6 months and older, retirees and retiree family members.
Vaccinations will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Immunizations Clinic, located inside the Leonard Wood Medical Home section on the north side of the hospital.
Patients are advised that COVID-19 precautions will be in place, including requirements to wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot social distancing while waiting in line.
While hospital staff members will make every effort to streamline the process and minimize wait times, patients can also help by bringing a completed form with them prior to receiving the vaccine. Links to screening forms for adults and children are available on the hospital’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GLWACH.
Patients who already have appointments with the hospital’s Pediatrics or Internal Medicine clinics may ask for a flu vaccination during their regularly scheduled appointments.
TRICARE beneficiaries may also elect to receive a flu vaccine at a network retail pharmacy. They should visit TRICARE online at https://tricare.mil/flu for further details.
Call the Immunizations Clinic at 573.596.1768 for more information about flu vaccinations at GLWACH.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission