Be wise, immunize

A participant in the Flu Shot Kick-Off gets vaccinated for the influenza virus on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016. A base-wide vaccination drive for retirees, active duty and dependents is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the installation theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

A participant in the Flu Shot Kick-Off gets vaccinated for the influenza virus on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016. A base-wide vaccination drive for retirees, active duty and dependents is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the installation theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel Perry, center left, 779th Medical Group command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Beth Topa, center right, 11th WG command chief, receive their vaccinations to kick-off the flu shot season at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016. Base leadership received their immunization to kick-off the flu shot drive for retirees, active duty and dependents slated for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base theater. The commanders’ shots were given by Staff Sgt. Mallery Niebanck, left, 779th Medical Group allergy and immunization technician, and Master Sgt. Nancy Turner, right, 779th Medical Group immunization backup technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel Perry, center left, 779th Medical Group command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Beth Topa, center right, 11th WG command chief, receive their vaccinations to kick-off the flu shot season at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016. Base leadership received their immunization to kick-off the flu shot drive for retirees, active duty and dependents slated for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base theater. The commanders’ shots were given by Staff Sgt. Mallery Niebanck, left, 779th Medical Group allergy and immunization technician, and Master Sgt. Nancy Turner, right, 779th Medical Group immunization backup technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Joint Base Andrews leadership finish off the Flu Shot Kick-Off with lollypops on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016.  Military members are required to receive an annual flu shot and a base-wide vaccination drive for retirees, active duty and dependents is slated for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the post theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Joint Base Andrews leadership finish off the Flu Shot Kick-Off with lollypops on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3, 2016. Military members are required to receive an annual flu shot and a base-wide vaccination drive for retirees, active duty and dependents is slated for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the post theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Installation leadership received their immunization to kick-off the flu shot drive on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 3.

Flu shots reduces a person's chances of contracting the influenza virus and military members are required to receive an annual vaccination.

A base-wide vaccination drive for retirees, active duty and dependents is slated for Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the post theater. Children nine-years-old and up are eligible to get a shot.

"Be wise, immunize," said Staff Sgt. Mallery Niebanck, 779th Medical Group allergy and immunization technician.

For more information about the flu shot contact the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic Information Desk: (240) 612-1155 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only)