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Unit members begin to receive H1N1 vaccination

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  • By Senior Airman Chasity Johnson
  • 183d Fighter Wing
Members of the 183rd Fighter Wing began to receive H1N1 influenza vaccination shots Jan. 9 at the medical clinic here.

The CDC recommends influenza vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. Because supplies of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine have increased dramatically, the CDC is now encouraging everyone to get vaccinated at this time.

Col. Michael Meyer, 183rd Fighter Wing Commander, was first in line to receive the vaccination. "Any vaccine is a preventative measure," said Col. Meyer. "It builds antibodies to prevent exposure to yourself and others, and it helps prevent illness throughout the year."

Engaging in routine preventative health measures, like immunizations, is integral to the success of the medical readiness program.

"H1N1 is more deadly in younger age groups - from the early ages to the thirties - which are the primary constitutes of this unit," said Col. Meyer. "We have to always be physically and mentally prepared to deploy."