By Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 12, 2017
1st LT Ebony Sanders, 172nd Medical Squadron Mississippi Air National Guard Nurse, prepares a vaccine to administer to a service member March 2, 2017 at the Clinic on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Immunization clinic provides thousands of vaccines monthly to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
All the planning, supplies and humanitarian effort in Combat
Airlift is no good if Airmen providing those supplies are sick and not ready for the
micro enemy they are constantly at war with.
The 19th Medical Operations Squadron Immunization Clinic
ensures Team Little Rock is ready for any task – home or abroad – by providing
the correct vaccines to service members ensuring they can complete the mission.
Even though many people are vaccinated during their childhood,
adults are still encouraged to receive immunizations and it is a U.S. Air Force
requirement when traveling overseas.
“It’s a requirement to
protect service member from dangerous diseases that could potentially be fatal
or cause permanent disability,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Duckett, 19th Medical
Operations Squadron Immunizations NCOIC. "Some diseases are common in other
countries but not in the United States so it is important to make sure you are
up to date on the recommended vaccines against them.”
Staying up-to-date on vaccinations helps prevent the spread
“Members should receive mandatory country-specific vaccines
prior to deploying or traveling overseas in order to be medically cleared,”
Duckett said. “If not, they run the risk of being non-deployable which could delay
the mission. Any vaccines that are due will be highlighted Yellow (Due) or Red
(Overdue) in their Immunization status.”
An estimated 1,000 people received vaccinations in May 2017
at Little Rock AFB. That number will continue to rise if deployments increase and
as Permanent Change of Station season ramp up.
To check your immunizations status, log onto the Air Force
Portal and navigate to the Individual Medical Readiness/AFMS link to access
For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at (501) 987-7312.