105th Airlift Wing Conducts Mass Vaccination Story and photos by Sr. Airman Deanna De Laura, 105th Airlift Wing
New York Air National Guard Nurse, Capt Glenda Tyson prepares Flu inoculation during a point of distribution exercise at the 105th Airlift Wing in Newburgh, Oct. 13. Nearly 400 members of the wing received their seasonal flu vaccine during the exercise. The goal for the National Guard Bureau is to achieve 100% inoculation before the end of the calendar year.
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH -- The 105th Airlift Wing’s Medical Group conducted a vaccine distribution exercise here with about 400 Airmen, October 13. The exercise, conducted in the wing’s fuel cell hangar, is an annual requirement for the medical group to test and evaluate the group’s ability to set up a Point of Distribution (POD) upon notice of a Public Health Emergency and vaccinate unit members in a timely manner. “The Medical Group was able to set up a POD and provide vaccinations to the 105th Wing members in a timely and efficient manner”, said Lt. Col. Mukesh Roy, Public Health Officer for the 105th Airlift Wing. “We were able to vaccinate just under 400 unit members during the three hour exercise. During the exercise unit members where lined up, evaluated and vaccinated in a matter of minutes. For the purposes of this exercise, the flu vaccine was administered. “Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses”, said Roy. “Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year.” He also added that it is very important that all military members have their immunizations up-to-date to prevent diseases and illness with a simple vaccination. For more information visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu. GUARD TIMES
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