"The vaccination for swine flu is being distributed from Army Medical Logistics in batches," explained Lt. Cmdr. John Brooks, the preventative medicine officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). "Since the vaccination was just recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, we can only get so many doses of it as it is produced."
Marines with II MEF (Fwd) have been lining up to get their mandatory shots from the corpsmen aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
"Swine flu has become an epidemic in the states, so we need to make sure we are all protected," said Seaman Apprentice Deen Brooksher, a corpsman with II MEF (Fwd). "Anybody attached to [Multi National Force – West] needs to get this vaccination."
Within a week to 10 days after receiving the vaccination,