As the influenza season approaches, the services are telling their uniformed members and civilian employees that they must be immunized unless granted an administrative reason for exemption. “The seasonal influenza vaccination is mandatory for all DoD uniformed personnel who are not medically or administratively exempt,” the Navy stated in an announcement to all hands. The services’ medical treatment facilities would administer the flu vaccines via injection. No nasal vaccines will be available.
TRICARE beneficiaries are urged to get the flu vaccine as well. Participating retail pharmacies can provide the immunizations with no copay for the beneficiaries.