As the leaves begin to turn colors, and the air begins to crisp, it's obvious that summer is giving way to fall. With it, thoughts of shorter days, cooler nights, and the holidays fill our attention.
Another thing everyone should start to consider is preparation of the coming flu season.
Each year in the United States, more than 25 million influenza cases are reported. Serious complications from influenza result in at least 150,000 hospitalizations and 30,000 deaths. Vaccination remains the primary method for preventing influenza and its complications.
The Acting Director of the Army National Guard issued an ARNG influenza vaccine immunization executive order to all states' National Guard units. The message this year is this; "Be ready to respond when called upon--Get your flu shot today!"
For the 2010 flu season, the Army National Guard achieved 90-percent flu immunizations by April 1, 2011. This year, we have to try to achive that, or better, before the peak flu season, which is January through March. Our goal is to achieve 90-percent flu vaccinations by December 1, 2011.
Stay tuned for more information on when and where this season's flu vaccine will be available in your imediate area.
Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager