Immunizations

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  1. AFAYahoo

    AFAYahoo Member

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    Now that my DS has received his instructions packet, we realized that he needs Hep A vaccine. The problem is, he needs 2 doses and they have to be 6 months apart. Even if he gets first now, it won't be 6 months by I Day or they could just give it to him then as he processes. I tried e-mailing to the address listed in the instructions for questions, but it keeps bouncing back with an error message. I e-mailed to the other address where it says you can send an e-mail copy of the immunization records, but have not received a response. I tried calling the Clinic # listed at the beginning of the instruction booklet, but I went round and round with an automated answering system and could never get a person. Anyone have a similar situation that may have actually spoken to someone to get an answer about whether this will create issues on I Day? My fear is we'll get a call saying he's been turned away. I'd hate to see his dream get dashed by this!
     
  2. AHS74

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    Get what immumnizations he can get now,the academy will finish what he needs when the time comes.
     
  3. Bigman2014

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    ^ This. I remember I had to get a Hep A and Swine Flu shot on I-Day. It's not a big deal and won't affect him, don't stress.
     
  4. jsphakin

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    The second round of Hep A cannot be given BEFORE 6 months, but you have until 18 months to get the second round. You must complete it by 18 months or you have to start the series again. If you complete both vaccines within the 18 months, then you are immunized for life for Hep. A. I'm an RN...
     
  5. skt

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    I also had an immunization question. I sent a message to the address provided for questions and mine bounced back as well. Then I sent my quesion to the other e-mail address provided (the one where it says you can forward the records if you can't fax them) and I received a thorough response the next day. I followed up with an additional question and that one was answered right away. Now that more BFEs have gone out, they're probably just starting to get backed up.
     
  6. AFAYahoo

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    Thanks SKT. I sent an e-mail to that alternate address yesterday morning so hopefully I'll get a response soon.
     
  7. Jase

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    Which email address do you guys recommend sending the immunization records to?
     
  8. AFAYahoo

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    I got a response to my e-mail also (just like skt--the address it said you could forward records to if you can't fax. I don't have my son's packet here, but its the one WITHOUT the words ALLERGY_IMMUNIZATION in the address). The sgt. did say that as long as my son started the Hep A shot series, it would be finished at the appropriate time w/o causing a problem at Inprocessing.

    Jase, I'm going to fax the records, but if I had to e-mail I would first send it to the address they recommend and then the second one listed if that doesn't work.
     
  9. Sagnolutto

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    We just did the same thing...and we got the first Hep A and they said the academy will give him the second one in 6 months. Did anyone need an adult dose of polio? Our doc's office didn't even have that, and directed us to the health dept. Is this an oral dose? My doc was surprised that this was on the list and said he has never given one???
     
  10. cadet15

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    I had to get the Hep A, polio, and TB test at the same time. The nurse initially wasn't going to give me the adult polio because I was up to date but I showed her the special instructions on the page she had to fill out so she gave it to me. She did say that she had never given an adult dose, but she gave me the shot anyways.

    I had a question about the 6 month wait since there were instructions that all immunizations had to be completed or they would be given on I-Day and I knew that it wouldn't be possible with the six month wait necessary for the Hep-A. I got a response back from the email address in the one paragraph blurb in the packet, and not the one they advised to send the forms to on the actual form.
     
  11. tutmom

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    Have your cadet take a copy of the immunization chart with him/her for I day. If something happens to the records, your cadet will end up getting lots of shots on I day!
    In any event, they will take blood on I day. My ds had to be stuck 7 times before they could find the vein. He says that was much worse than being yelled at by the cadre.
     

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