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Be ready this flu season; get your shot

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, gives Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, his annual flu shot Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, gives Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, his annual flu shot Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. It’s likely that flu viruses, and the virus that causes COVID-19, will spread during the fall and winter months. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, gives Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, his annual flu shot Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, gives Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, his annual flu shot Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. While every flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. It’s important for members to get annual flu shots to themselves and those around them. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

An annual flu shot is administered to a service member at the 30th Medical Group, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

An annual flu shot is administered to a service member at the 30th Medical Group, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Additionally, it’s imperative for installation members to receive their annual flu shot to keep their Individual Medical Records are up-to-date, ensuring base-wide readiness. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

An annual flu shot is prepped and ready to be administered to Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

An annual flu shot is prepped and ready to be administered to Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. By getting your flu shot, members can help prevent themselves and others around them from contracting the flu. The Center for Disease Control estimated during 2018-2019, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses, 2.3 million influenza-associated medical visits. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, prepares an annual flu shot for Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Senior Robert Padilla, 30th Health Care Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, prepares an annual flu shot for Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Sept. 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. It’s important for members to get the flu shot this season, not only to keep their records up-to-date, but also to protect themselves and others around them who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness. People who may be more susceptible to the flu are babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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It’s important for members to get the flu shot this season, not only to keep their records up-to-date, but also to protect themselves and others around them who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness. People who may be more susceptible to the flu are babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.