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NAPLES, Italy — Roll up those shirt sleeves: Come Monday morning, those who want a flu shot can go get one.

Officials at Naval Support Activity Naples will begin vaccinating people on a walk-in basis at base clinics. The vaccines are for all eligible beneficiaries, not just those in high-risk categories, said Lt. Melinda Henderson, division officer for Internal Medicine and Immunization at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Naples.

Certain people are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine, she said.

“If the flu does get them, it can really knock them for a loop. It can complicate their chronic conditions.”

The flu vaccine is highly recommended for the following groups:

Children ages 6 months to 23 months.Adults 65 years and older.Pregnant women.People ages 2 to 64 years who have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, or kidney disease.Asthmatic patients on oral steroids, and people whose immune systems are compromised, such as patients who are on immunosuppressant medication or who are HIV-positive.Caregivers and household contacts of infants less than 6 months of age.Children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy.The two categories of people who should not be immunized are those allergic to chicken eggs and those who have had a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past, she said.

Immunization is not the only protection. People should avoid close contact with others who are ill, wash hands often, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

The hours of operation at the Naples Immunization Clinic at the support site are:


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