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Air Force announces influenza season

Flu Shot

An Air Force medical technican administers a vaccination to a servicemember to ensure the medical readiness of Airmen for possible deployment. The service recently announced the plan for the 2019 influenza season which requires members to receive the flu shot prior to Dec. 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It’s that time of the year again! Peak flu season is upon us and Air Force personnel are required to get their annual flu shot before Dec. 31.

Individual Reservists must receive their flu vaccination, from either their servicing Military Treatment Facilities or a civilian provider.

Vaccinations from Military Treatment Facilities:
Members must be in duty status to utilize a MTF. Only the inactivated (no live virus) vaccine, administered intramuscularly (into the deltoid muscle) in those up to age 65, will be provided by MTFs.

Vaccinations from Civilian Providers:
Submit civilian proof of vaccination to your servicing MTF or HQ RIO/IRM via MyPers Tickets.

If you encounter any issues, please contact your servicing HQ RIO Detachment for support.

In accordance with AFI 36-2254, Vol. 1, Reserve Personnel Participation, if a member’s IMR status turns red, their Detachment commander may disapprove any further participation, or subsequent orders may direct them to obtain the vaccine while in status. After Jan. 1, it is also common for the AFRC/CV to direct members be placed in a “no pay, no points” status until they receive their vaccine.