Tripler Army Medical Ships Excess Flu Vaccine to Pacific Islands

Stephen Flannery
Stephen Flannery

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Thousands of flu shots that would be destroyed are now put to good use.

Tripler Army Medical Center is packing up over $250,000 worth of the flu vaccine to ship off the the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.

It's a historical event. The Department of Defense has enough flu vaccines for service men and women and their families. The excess is usually destroyed.

"It's definitely going to be a win-win for everybody. A win for the military so they don't have to destroy the vaccines but also a win for the islands that can benefit from the protection of the vaccines," said Ron Balajadia.

"We cover not only all the military, but what beneficiaries want to be covered as well because it's optional for our family members. There's always excess every year, it's a great thing to be able to give it to somebody that can use it," said Stephen Flannery with the U.S. Army.

The 4,000 pounds of extra flu shots will be shipped off, free of charge, courtesy of Continental and Hawaiian Airlines.