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Flu season is here

Airmen roll up sleeves before medical technicians.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Senior leaders from the 446th Airlift Wing roll up their sleeves to receive their annual seasonal influenza vaccine, known as the flu shot, on Oct. 17 in the base theater at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Flu is unpredictable, and the U.S. flu season is typically October through May. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj Candice Allen)

Airman looks at vial.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Senior Airman Karen Crisotomo, a medical technician assigned to the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, prepares a vial of the seasonal influenza vaccine, commonly known as the flu shot, on Oct. 17 before administering it to a 446th Airlift Wing Reserve Citizen Airman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The U.S. flu season is typically October through May. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj Candice Allen)

Airman administers flu vaccine to service member.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Senior Airman Louis Shackelford, a medical technician assigned to the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, administers the seasonal influenza vaccine to a Reserve Citizen Airman during a unit training assembly Oct. 17 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older with rare exception. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj Candice Allen)

Three Air Force leaders receive flu shots from medical technicians.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kylee Engle, command chief of the 446th Airlift Wing, Col. Charles Metzgar, vice commander of the 446th AW, and Col. Paul Skipworth, commander of the 446th AW, receive their annual seasonal influenza vaccine, known as the flu shot, by 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technicians during a unit training assembly Oct. 17 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The single best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj Candice Allen)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Senior leaders from the 446th Airlift Wing roll up their sleeves to receive their annual seasonal influenza vaccine, known as the flu shot, on Oct. 17 in the base theater at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Flu is unpredictable, and the U.S. flu season is typically October through May. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj Candice Allen)