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105th AW Conducts Mass Vaccination Exercise

STEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, NY -- Air Guard Nurse, Capt Glenda Tyson prepares a Flu innoculation during a point of distribution exercise at the 105th Airlift Wing Oct. 13, 2012. (National Guard Photo by SrA Deanna De Laura)(Released)

STEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, NY -- Air Guard Nurse, Capt Glenda Tyson prepares a Flu innoculation during a point of distribution exercise at the 105th Airlift Wing Oct. 13, 2012. (National Guard Photo by SrA Deanna De Laura)(Released)

STEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, NY -- Annual Flu vaccine tray set up during point of distribution exercise. (National Guard Photo by SrA Deanna De Laura)(Released)

STEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, NY -- Annual Flu vaccine tray set up during point of distribution exercise. (National Guard Photo by SrA Deanna De Laura)(Released)

14 Oct 2012 -- The 105th Airlift Wing's Medical Group conducted a Point of Distribution exercise here at 8:00am, October 13th.

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 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 so as 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