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For Immediate Release Contact: Tripler Public Affairs Office, 808-433-5785
Release Number 04-053 Oct. 7, 2004


Hawaii military flu vaccination program awaits DOD guidance

by Les Ozawa
    Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office


HONOLULU-- Local and national media reported  on October 5 that Chiron Corporation had notified the Centers for Disease Control that its influenza vaccine, Fluvirin, could not be distributed for the 2004-5 influenza season. This reduces by half the most commonly used inactivated flu vaccine in the United States. 

The Department of Defense (DOD) had expected Chiron to provide over half of its flu vaccine stock.  DOD officials are now meeting to determine how to distribute its limited supply of influenza vaccine to protect active duty and other beneficiaries.  Military medical authorities are awaiting furthur guidance on prioritizing the administration of limited vaccine supplies. Personnel deploying overseas, however, may still receive their flu shots through their military units. 

Information about the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) flu program will be announced when plans are established.  For more information, you may call your primary care clinic or the TAMC immunization clinic at (808) 433-6334.  You may also visit the TAMC website at Other information may be found at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website,;  and the Center for Disease Control website,


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