Influenza Vaccine Update
Flu season is upon us. Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is concerned about your health and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated annually against influenza.
It’s critical that everyone who is able receives a flu vaccine. It’s essential that active duty service members, active duty family members and other beneficiaries are well-protected from influenza.
Please see the guidance below for getting the flu vaccine here on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs):
Deploying operational units have been vaccinated or offered flu vaccine already. In addition, a shore-based active duty flu vaccine clinic (“Shotex”) occurred 8-11 Dec. Our initiative to vaccinate the active duty population will resume once more vaccine arrives. If you are Active Duty and still need the flu vaccine, you may use the TRICARE Vaccine Program for $0 co-pay at participating network pharmacies. Several local pharmacies are offering 2020-2021 flu shots.
IMPORTANT - When you get a flu vaccine from anywhere besides NHCOH, follow guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. Bring your paperwork to NHCOH so it can be entered into MHS GENESIS. You'll need the following information:
- The date the vaccine was given
- The vaccine name or code
- Lot number
Active Duty Family Members (ADFMs) and Other Beneficiaries:
FLU SHOT DELIVERY for most non-Active Duty beneficiaries has been DELAYED.
Beneficiaries who do not wish to wait may receive the flu vaccine through the TRICARE Vaccine Program for $0 co-pay at participating network pharmacies. Several local pharmacies are offering 2020-2021 flu shots. Please call the retail pharmacy to check vaccine availability since vaccines do vary by age.
TRICARE Network Pharmacies in Oak Harbor/Anacortes/Clinton:
- Island Drug, OH 360-675-6688
- Rite Aid, OH 360-679-3522
- Safeway, OH 360-240-1063
- Walgreens, OH 360-675-3497
- Wal-Mart, OH 360-279-0671
- Walgreens, Anacortes 360-299-2816
- Rite Aid, Anacortes 360-293-2119
- Island Drug, Clinton 360-341-3885
PEDIATRIC FLU SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT NHCOH
The inactivated influenza vaccine (Afluria) for all children aged 6 months to 35 months is available at NHCOH. To receive this vaccine, appointments can be made with a nurse in the Pediatric Clinic between the hours of 0900-1100, Monday through Friday. Please call the Pediatric Clinic front desk at (360) 257-9782 or (360) 257-8996 to book an appointment. The flu shot can also be given during well-visit appointments. If your child needs the influenza vaccine in addition to other routine vaccinations, this will be done in the Immunizations Clinic which operates on a walk-in only basis. No need to make an appointment. Please reach out to the Pediatric or Immunizations Clinics if you have any questions or would like additional information. Immunizations Clinic staff can be reached at (360) 257-9591.
Continue to visit this page or the NHCOH FaceBook page as we will advertise/post the availability of flu vaccine once our NHCOH shipment arrives.
Other Options for Getting the Flu Vaccine
If you’re unable to get the flu vaccine here, you can visit any participating network pharmacy or TRICARE-authorized (civilian) provider. Visit www.tricare.mil/flu to learn more.
* Every infant must have a well-baby check-up prior to immunization.
- 2 months* DT(a)P-Hep B-IPV, PCV, HIB, Rotavirus
- 4 months* DT(a)P-Hep B-IPV, PCV, HIB, Rotavirus
- 6 months* DT(a)P-Hep B-IPV, PCV, HIB, Rotavirus
- 12 months* Hep A, MMR, Varicella
- 15 months* HIB, PCV
- 18 months* Hep A, DT(a)P
- 4-6 years of age* DT(a)P-IPV MMR, Varicella
- 10-12 years of age TD(a)P Booster, HPV, Menveo
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Documentation is an important part of your visit so that you receive the correct immunizations at the correct time. Any valid form of immunization history is accepted. If you have a shot card, please bring it with you and we will be more than happy to update it for you. Please bring any school, sports, or work forms that need to be filled out same day.
If your child is in need of a catch-up immunization schedule, Immunizations reserves the right to review the record for 24 hours and have you return at a later date and time.
WHEN WILL I NEED MY NEXT SHOTS?
After receiving service in the clinic, you will always be told when to return. Active Duty have a schedule to follow that remains constant during their service. Command sponsored dependents and school-aged children have simple requirements that can be provided to you in writing from the clinic.
WHEN WILL MY PPD BE READ?
All PPD's are read within 48-72 hours as per BUMEDINST 6224.8. It must be read in person by Immunizations staff for documentation accuracy and consistency (unless otherwise arranged).
PPDs will not be place on Thursdays, or any days where they cannot be read within 48-72 hours.
WHAT IF I AM PPD POSITIVE?
Positive results may vary depending on the individuals risk category (reference BUMEDINSTR6224.8). Again, it must be read in person in order to measure the site. At some time, you may have been exposed to or come in contact with someone with Tuberculosis. We have further tests we need to do in order to assess your overall health. There is also medication that may need to be given over an extended period of time. Individuals who have prior BCG vaccination will still receive PPD. Our staff is highly trained and competent and are happy to assist and educate you in this manner.
HOW DO I GET A NEW "SHOT CARD?"
The CDC-731 (yellow shot card) is available to all who desire it. Just bring us the medical record and any other verifying information to prove vaccination history and fill out a request. Copies are only accepted 'certified'. All immunizations must have dates and signatures to be valid. In some cases, other research can be done to verify immunization history. We ask you to allow 7-10 days to process this request and we will call you when it is complete.
CAN I JUST HAVE SOMEONE LOOK AT MY CHILD’S RECORD?
Each patient's record is screened for completion and accuracy. With this in mind, it is important that the corpsman screening records be allowed to do so. Please do your best to save your questions until you are called so that each patient can be given the full attention they deserve, and the risk of mistakes reduced.
CAN I HAVE A FRIEND BRING IN MY CHILD?
In the event you do not have the ability to provide care for your child due to absence, you can obtain an "IN LOCO PARENTIS" or "Power of Attorney" in the name of the child for a guardian. This documentation must be presented at time of service, and should be put into the medical record as well.