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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19, Flu Combination Test for use with home-collected samples

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first diagnostic test for at home collection of patient samples to detect both COVID-19 Coronavirus and influenza A and B (flu).

Coronavirus.

Coronavirus.

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Tennessee Health Departments to provide Free Flu Vaccines during “Fight Flu TN” event

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Get a flu vaccine! The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine this flu season to get one as soon as possible.

For the third consecutive year, Tennessee county health departments are holding special “Fight Flu TN” flu vaccine events in every county November 19th, 2020 to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.

A flu vaccination (CDC)

A flu vaccination (CDC)

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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: October 18th, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

The FDA issued and immediately implemented a new guidance: Enforcement Policy for Modifications to FDA-Cleared Molecular Influenza and RSV Tests During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency.

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Coronavirus.

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BACH recognizes namesake Florence Blanchfield for Women’s Equality Day

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – As the nation celebrates Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, 2020, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky stands as a lasting tribute to a trailblazer in Army Medicine and public service.

“Our hospital was named after Col. Florence A. Blanchfield and her story is amazing. She was known and respected for her commitment to the care of Soldiers and transforming the Army Nurse Corps to better serve the nation’s wounded. She reported to the office of the Superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps as a captain in 1935 where she had the opportunity to help shape policy, but that was just the beginning of her sentinel achievements for the Army Nurse Corps,” said Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander.

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

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Tennessee Department of Health announces County Health Departments offering Free Flu Vaccination

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The flu vaccine is now being offered at no charge to patients at Tennessee’s county health department clinics as long as supplies last. Seasonal influenza is now widespread across Tennessee, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot!

‘’I urge anyone who has not received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible,’’ said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot.

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot.

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Free Flu Vaccinations to be offered by Montgomery County Health Department, Tuesday

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – As part of the Tennessee Department of Health’s “FightFluTN”,  the Montgomery County Health Department will offer flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special drive-through vaccination event this coming Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

The drive-through clinic will be at Austin Peay State University (APSU) Parking Lot 30 at the corner of Fourth Street and Main street in Downtown Clarksville.

The drive-through clinic will be at Austin Peay State University (APSU) Parking Lot 30 at the corner of Fourth Street and Main street in Downtown Clarksville.

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Montgomery County Health Department to offer Free Flu Vaccines, November 19th

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, the Montgomery County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special drive-through “FightFluTN” vaccination event.

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s walk-in flu clinic exceeds expectations

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – With the overwhelming positive response from TRICARE-eligible community members in receiving their influenza vaccines on post, the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) temporary flu vaccine walk-in clinic scheduled for November 4th, 5th and 6th, 2019 is postponed until new shipments of the vaccine are received.

During the first walk-in clinic, BACH staff administered 1,314 vaccinations. “That is higher than we were expecting. We projected 1,500 doses for the entire two weeks, based on last year’s demand,” said Col.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Bottcher holds his daughter while Blanchfield Army Community Hospital nurse Pene Schrock checks the baby's vital signs during a walk-in flu vaccine clinic for beneficiaries 6 months to 17 years old, Oct. 29. Clinic staff dressed up as kid friendly characters and  administered vaccines to more than 130 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Infection recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. (Maria Yager)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Bottcher holds his daughter while Blanchfield Army Community Hospital nurse Pene Schrock checks the baby’s vital signs during a walk-in flu vaccine clinic for beneficiaries 6 months to 17 years old, Oct. 29. Clinic staff dressed up as kid friendly characters and administered vaccines to more than 130 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Infection recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. (Maria Yager)

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Nation’s Top Health Organizations Band Together to Urge Patients to Get Flu Vaccinations to Prevent Serious Health Risks

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time, the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Heart Association (AHA) have come together to raise an important alert about the dangers of influenza (flu) for people with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.

People are urged to get Flu Vaccination this year. (American Heart Association)

People are urged to get Flu Vaccination this year. (American Heart Association)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital to offer Flu Vaccine at walk-in clinic

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will open a temporary walk-in flu vaccine clinic for two weeks where beneficiaries may receive their annual influenza shot.

The temporary clinic will be open October 28th to November 6th, Monday and Wednesday from 7:00am to 4:00pm and Tuesday from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Bldg. 207 on Bastogne Avenue, next to Bank of America. All TRICARE beneficiaries six months or older, including Soldiers, Retirees and Family members, may receive the vaccine without an appointment with no out-of-pocket expense at the temporary walk-in flu immunization clinic. Individuals will need to show their military ID card before receiving the flu vaccine.

Pfc. Joshua Maynard, a combat medic specialist at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, administers an influenza vaccination to Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, hospital commander, October 4th, during an employee influenza vaccination event. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Pfc. Joshua Maynard, a combat medic specialist at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, administers an influenza vaccination to Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, hospital commander, October 4th, during an employee influenza vaccination event. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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