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Despite a possible U.S. influenza vaccine shortage, officials from major U.S. military hospitals in Japan said enough vaccine is on hand to inoculate base residents.

Amanda Woodhead, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa spokeswoman at Camp Lester, said active-duty servicemembers already should have received flu shots, and plenty of vaccine is left for dependents and civilians.

“We’re offering flu shots in the Immunization Clinic at the hospital and branch medical clinics,” she said Monday.

At Misawa Air Base, Japan, Staff Sgt. Mikal Canfield said: “Misawa Air Base met the needs of our active-duty population and have enough to immunize other members of our community who are authorized to receive the flu shot, such as family members.”

U.S. Naval Hospital at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, also has enough in stock, said spokesman Bill Doughty.

“We were very proactive at the beginning of the flu season to make sure we had an adequate supply on hand,” he said. “We’ve heard there’s a shortage in the States, but it hasn’t affected us.”

Anyone wanting the shot should contact the nearest base clinic.

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