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Thursday, December 21, 2000

Tripler now has
plenty of flu vaccine,
say officials


Tripler Army Medical Center has received 21,000 dosages of the flu vaccine, which military officials there believe is an "adequate supply" to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries.

In October, Tripler stopped dispensing the 1,500 dosages it received from the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia because it was shipped at the wrong temperature, Margaret Tippy, Tripler spokeswoman, said.

That shipment is being held at Tripler while the Food and Drug Administration continues testing the vaccine.

Since then Tripler has received 21,000 dosages -- equal to what it received last year -- and "there should be enough for everyone," Tippy said.

Tripler's Allergy and Immunization Clinic hours are Tuesday 1-3 p.m.; Wednesdays 7:30-11 a.m.; and Fridays 9-11 a.m.

Patients should bring their medical records with them.

Shots also will be given at Tripler's Family Practice Clinic. Its hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. on weekdays.

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